Work is well underway on an innovative $200,000 project that will see a stretch of walkway along Otago Harbour beautified and turned into something of an outdoor gym.
Darrel Robinson, of the Rotary Club of Dunedin, which is co-ordinating the project with support from Dunedin North Rotarians, says, so far, about 1600 natives have been planted, and around 200m3 of woodchip mulch laid.
But the key focus of the project, which also includes the creation of a “mini park” at the Ravensbourne footbridge, is a series of 13 pieces of exercise equipment, strategically placed along a 2.3km stretch of the West Harbour Shared Pathway, between the Dunedin Boat Harbour and Maia.

“Installing this type of equipment is a first for Dunedin – it’s specially designed for use by both older and younger exercisers. There are pieces that are also suited for disabled users,” Darrel says.

“The real ‘jewel in the crown’ of the project is going to take in the area at the boat harbour end of the trail – we’ll be installing exercise equipment there, a barbecue facility, and a special space for a Tai Chi area. That phase is due to start early next year.”

The design is the work of Mick Field, a landscape architect, who’s volunteered his time and has been made an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin for his significant contribution. Rotarians, with support from friends and family, and members of Taskforce Green are providing all of the labour.

Together with financial backing from Rotary District 9980, key funders include Ravensdown, Perpetual Guardian Trust, Otago Community Trust, Dunedin City Council, and the William Sherriff Trust.
Article dated: 15 January 2017