Park project takes top honour at ceremony

A project to clean up and modernise Kew Park won the top prize at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards, which were presented at a function last night.

The Kew Park Trust won the Pod award for its work in beautifying and restoring Kew Park.

The park, by Thorn St in Caversham, had fallen into a state of disrepair through neglect and vandalism.

But an active Kew Park Development Trust was set up, led by fundraising chairman Rod McNaughton, and had updated the park.

It now has modern playground equipment, a smooth asphalt surface for cycling, grass fields, and facilities for skateboarders.

There were 47 award recipients, from individuals to schools and community groups.

Green Island Primary School won the Taylor Shield for work in the Sinclair Wetlands, with Kimberley Cleland second for various environmental projects around the city.

Bert Ayers was third, for his work in cleaning kerbs around Port Chalmers.