LOTS OF FUN: The Orion Lagoon is a popular destination for families, having just won two tourism awards.
LOTS OF FUN: The Orion Lagoon is a popular destination for families, having just won two tourism awards. Inga Williams

Lagoon wins national recognition for its design and success

SPRINGFIELD'S much-loved Orion Lagoon has been recognised for its outstanding facilities and family friendly open spaces by bagging two prestigious awards.

Ipswich City Cr David Morrison, said the lagoon had claimed the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' 2016 Queensland Parks and Open Space Architecture Award.

The facility also won the Parks and Leisure Australia (Queensland) Regional Leisure Award.

"I am absolutely thrilled to see what has formerly an empty gully be transformed into what it is today, which is one of south east Queensland's favourite destinations," he said.

"It is a wonderful addition to Springfield and a wonderful piece of open public space which families can go and enjoy themselves for free.

"The fact that the lagoon hasn't even been opened for a year yet but is already receiving awards is a fantastic thing."

The Orion Lagoon, designed by David Hatherly and Vee Designs, attracted almost 50,000 people per month from September to April.

Cr Morrison said having won the two regional awards meant the lagoon is now in the running for national honours.

"I would really like to see the Orion Lagoon come away with a national award now," he said.


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