If you have yet to head out to explore the region's beautiful parks and natural areas, now is the perfect time to do so with #ParksWeek2020 underway.
The annual event is celebrated across the nation and promotes the vital role parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities.
Hosted by Parks and Leisure Australia, Parks Week 2020 focuses on how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences health and wellbeing.
It's the perfect opportunity for families to get together and spend some time in nature, according to Council's Branch Manager of Parks, Sport and Natural areas Geordie Lascelles, who said the Bundaberg Region had an abundance of parks available.
“With over 350 parks, gardens and natural areas to discover across the region there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors,” he said.
“From Gin Gin to Childers, our coastal communities and surrounding Bundaberg suburbs, there are plenty of spaces available to have picnics, play sport or simply just spend time with family and friends in the open air.”
Geordie said the Bundaberg Region’s parks included a mixture of opportunity for physical activity and passive recreation.
“Spending quality time outdoors has proved to be great for the body and mind,” he said.
“Keep active and healthy at our local parks by participating in a range of recreational opportunities including cycling, boating, bush walking, beach volleyball and bird watching.
“There are plenty of playgrounds to keep the kids active, areas to walk your dogs, skating facilities and exercise equipment to use.”
#ParksWeek2020 highlights Bundaberg lifestyle
Geordie said Bundaberg Regional Council took pride in keeping park areas maintained and had even introduced dog-friendly areas and plenty of pathways right across the region to promote healthy living.
“There are four dog parks in the Bundaberg Region which provide enclosed spaces for dog owners and their canines to enjoy the great outdoors,” he said.
“To promote health and fitness, Council continues to establish pathway networks, providing the community with easy access to get around on foot or bike.”
Geordie said among the most popular parks were the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, coastal areas such as Christsen Park in Bargara, Baldwin Swamp and the newly revamped Elliott Heads foreshore space.
“These areas provide many activities for families to get involved in” he said.
“Council also run fitness programs in our Parks including the popular Be Active Be Alive program and Parks Runs.
“For those who want to explore parks that are a little bit off the beaten track, I would recommend Meadowvale Nature Reserve and Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildlfower Reserve.”
To find out more about the parks in the Bundaberg Region, check out the Park Finder on Bundaberg Regional Council’s website here.
To find out more about #ParksWeek2020 click here.
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