A 6.5m rainforest-themed tower will take interactive playground design to a whole new level as the centerpiece of one of the region’s most popular parks.
Sunshine Coast Council has taken community feedback into account to create the final piece of the Buderim Village Park puzzle, which includes the enviable new play area.
Division 7 councilman Ted Hungerford said the Buderim community’s “green pulse” was only months away from being completed.
Stage 9, currently underway, will include the new play area with shade sail, shelter, park furniture, walkways and landscaping work including a garden gazebo.
The tower – featuring multiple slides, hammocks, sensory games and climbing elements – overlooks the playground.
Seesaws, seesaw, sand play, teepee carousel, lorikeet jump, log climber and tunnel will provide a variety of play experiences from climbing and swinging to swinging and suspension.
Locals and visitors enjoy the expansive vistas to the east and gather to enjoy the lush open space of Buderim Village Park since it opened in 2012.
Cr Hungerford said it was a humbling experience to watch the park evolve since the council bought the property in 2010.
“It was a 3.4ha vacant lot at the corner of Church and King Streets that needed a clear vision to turn it into a district-level recreation park,” he said.
“To guide the development of the park, we asked the community to share their ideas and help shape the vision for the park in the village of Buderim.
“Since then, the park has blossomed in stages and become part of the city’s identity – a place of nature, active and passive recreational experiences that all ages and abilities can enjoy.
“The path winds around the Village Green to a spacious gazebo with stunning views of the coastline – a crowd favourite.
“There are large grassy areas that provide plenty of space for picnics, little legs for running, kicking a ball or flying a kite. It is also a wonderful place to sit quietly and relax.
“The barbecue areas are very popular and the covered stage has provided community groups and visitors with a place to meet or perform.”
This project is funded by the State Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program in association with the Sunshine Coast Council.
Deputy Local Government Minister Nikki Boyd said the state government was proud to deliver for Buderim and the Sunshine Coast.
“The $100 million South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program is designed to help councils advance their investments in new infrastructure and community assets that create economic growth and jobs for local communities,” she said.
“Queensland, and in particular the Sunshine Coast, has a great lifestyle, and we are proud to make it even better with projects like this.
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“By adding a new playground, seating, tables and upgrading existing facilities, we are not only making a great space for the local community, we are also providing good jobs for locals.
“Thanks to the support of the program, Buderim will soon have an even better space for children to play and for the whole community to enjoy.”
Work began in June and is expected to be completed by the end of September this year, weather and site conditions permitting.
For more local parks and playgrounds in your area, visit the council’s website Directory of beaches and parks.
For more information on the project and concept plan, please visit the council website.