ROSALIND Park has joined the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney in receiving one of the world’s most prestigious public park awards.
The council’s parks and gardens team received the Green Flag Award this week, awarded by Parks and Leisure Australia after rating parks on eight different factors.
Rosalind Park was one of just two parks in regional Australia to receive the award, and one of 10 in Australia.
The City of Greater Bendigo was presented with a green flag, which could be flown from one of the flag poles near Charing Cross.
Council parks and open space manager Paul Gangell said the award was a testament to the hard work of the city’s parks and gardens team, civil maintenance team, sub-contractors and others who play a part in maintaining the park.
“As the international standard for parks and green spaces, holding a Green Flag Award brings with it a vast amount of prestige,” he said.
“It is also an excellent example of civic achievement and it provides communities with a great sense of civic pride.”
A core team of four maintains the 35 hectares of grounds within the Rosalind Park precinct, planning daily for new plantings and ongoing maintenance works.
The precinct also includes the Queen Elizabeth Oval and Faith Leech Aquatic Centre, as well as replacement tree plantings along Bendigo Creek and the installation of the Vahland drinking fountain.
The Green Flag Award was established in the United Kingdom in 1996 to reverse the decline in quality of parks from the 1970s and 80s.