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Award-winning park's elevated status set to attract more people to the region

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A mountaintop park with sweeping views and lush open spaces has been acknowledged with an international award.

Buderim Village Park, at the intersection of King Street and Gloucester Road, gained global recognition for winning the Green Flag Award, which celebrates parks and green areas that set the benchmark for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.

It’s one of only a handful of Queensland parks to have received the accolade, joining the likes of South Bank and Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane and the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland.

The three-hectare public park, which underwent an extensive judging process, features views of the Pacific Ocean and Glass House Mountains, open spaces, shaded playgrounds, an amphitheatre, pathways, barbecues and modern amenities.

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Sunshine Coast Council Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said winning the award would attract more people to the park and the region.

“I’m so pleased to see this glorious park recognised on the world stage and I’m sure the elevated status will lead to higher visitation, which is good news for local businesses,” he said.

Christmas carols are held at the park each year.

“Receiving this esteemed award highlights the amazing work undertaken by our dedicated teams across council.

“Our staff do a great job in maintaining not only this attraction, but our 1180 recreation parks and open spaces, 374 playgrounds and 196 public amenities.

“Buderim Village Park was accredited for not just its natural beauty but for its manicured parkland and gardens, barbecue and picnic facilities, and kick-and-throw areas for community recreation.”

Cr Hungerford said the circuit pathways with seating nodes and lookouts provided visitors and locals with opportunities to walk and sit, and to enjoy impressive views of the ocean, coastal plains and mountains.

“For the children, the play opportunities include a rainforest-themed playground and surrounding landscaped areas give children a place to explore and play in,” he said.

The covered stage and Village Green host major community events and concerts throughout the year, including Buderim’s ANZAC Day Memorial Service, Carols by Candlelight and Australia Day celebrations.

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