Park lights going from racing to rugby

A light pole at Forbury Park in Dunedin is taken down by Network Waitaki staff 
A light pole at Forbury Park in Dunedin is taken down by Network Waitaki staff yesterday. Ten light poles from the former racing venue will have a new home at a rugby training ground in Oamaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Night harness racing was a feature of Dunedin’s Forbury Park for decades.

Yesterday, a series of light poles was taken down, as the process of winding down the former racing venue continued.

Ten poles with lights were sold to the North Otago Rugby Football Union to light up a training ground in Oamaru, Forbury Park Trotting Club committee member Lex Williams said.

The club hoped to find a suitable home for about 30 more that remained.

Hundreds of items — including utility vehicles, a mobile gate, tractor and track groomer — were sold at a clearing sale at the end of last year.

Forbury Park had been deemed surplus to the racing industry’s requirements from August.

Negotiations have been taking place over the planned sale of the 12ha St Kilda property.

The first South Island night race meeting was held there on January 26, 1961.

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