A major community project will transform Dunedin's
harbourside cycleway corridor into a community recreation and
exercise zone during the next three years.
Launched this month by the Rotary Club of Dunedin, the West
Harbour Recreation Trail project will develop about 3km of
the cycleway corridor, from the Boat Harbour to Maia. The
estimated overall cost of the project, which has been divided
into six stages, is more than $210,000.
The Rotary Club of Dunedin has set aside $6000, some of the
funds raised through its recent Daffodil Project, as seed
funding for the project. A major fundraising drive is
planned, including applications to community funders, while
physical work on stage one of the project will start in
The West Harbour Recreation Trail project has involved six
months of planning by a development committee, working
closely with Dunedin landscape architect Mick Field, who has
created a series of concept graphics for the project. The
work has been done in consultation with the Dunedin City
Stage one - expected to cost more than $100,000 - will
include contouring and fencing, signage, native planting, and
the installation of shelter fencing, as well as seats, picnic
tables, barbecues and exercise equipment. A dedicated t'ai
chi area is also planned.
Further stages of the project will involve providing
protection and information for a seal sanctuary area and
early harbourside vegetation, further beautification and the
installation of seats and picnic tables.
Contacted by The Star, Dunedin City Council sportsfields and
facilities officer Harold Driver was impressed by the scale
and commitment of the West Harbour Recreation Trail project.
''This is a long-term project, which will involve a
significant commitment for the Rotary Club of Dunedin,'' Mr
It was great to see a community organisation taking on a
project such as this for the benefit of the city, saving
ratepayers money, he said.
''The harbourside cycleway area looks good, but it will look
a lot better once this project is completed.''
Now that the project has been launched, Rotary Club of
Dunedin president Craig Radford is excited by the prospect of
making a start on the work in the new year.
''It's something for club members to get their teeth into and
will also hopefully involve families and friends and the
wider community,'' Mr Radford said.
The West Harbour Recreation Trail project followed on nicely
from the club's previous major project - the building of the
Orokonui Ecosanctuary track, he said.
Landscape architect Mick Field is delighted by the vision for
developing the natural harbourside area, which is easily
accessible to the community.
''The area beside the cycleway is mostly flat, so it is an
ideal space for families to come and enjoy the natural
environment around the harbour,'' Mr Field said.
''This project really defines a recreation area for this part
of the cycleway, which will really enhance it as a community
facility,'' he said.
West Harbour Recreation Trail project development committee
chairman John Gallaher believed the trail would become ''a
legacy for the city''.
''Many people already enjoy the cycleway-walkway as it is and
this project will really add to its value,'' he said.