This is the Dunedin City Council’s first overarching Parks and Recreation Strategy. It is the product of a collaborative process, developed over two years with a large number of stakeholders, including the Otago Regional Council, Sport Otago, the Department of Conservation, Kāi Tahu, Forest and Bird, Sport New Zealand and local clubs, agencies and organisations.
To shape this strategy, we gathered community feedback from previous parks and recreation surveys, assessed national participation trends and benchmarked against other Council practices, policies and strategies.
The Parks and Recreation Strategy will set the DCC’s path for the next 10 years, guiding the planning,development and management of Dunedin’s recreation facilities, parks and open spaces.
At the core of this strategy is a vision to encourage Dunedin’s communities to be more active, more often, in facilities, and create parks and open spaces that are connected and valued. Four objectives support this vision.
- People are active
- Open spaces and facilities support Dunedin’s communities to thrive
- Our parks, natural landscapes, flora and fauna are treasured by the community
- We work with others
To meet these objectives, we have set goals and priorities, which guide the Sport and Recreation Action Plan and the Open Space Action Plan.
The Sport and Recreation Action Plan focuses on programmes and facilities to support recreation throughout the city. We will collaborate with community organisations to create affordable, accessible opportunities and environments that encourage people to be active.
The Open Space Action Plan focuses on the city’s park and open space network. We will work with other organisations to protect and enhance public open spaces and respond sustainably to the changing needs of local communities.
To maintain and improve parks and recreation the whole city can enjoy, we must meet some challenges:
- Keeping up with a growing and changing population
- Increasing awareness of our impact on the natural environment
- Using technology and innovation to engage people and manage our parks, sport and recreation
- Using our sports facilities and natural environment to grow our economy
- Thinking differently about where, how and by whom facilities are developed in Dunedin
Many partners and community groups will be vital to delivering the Parks and Recreation Strategy and action plans. Passionate people can achieve great things, and this strategy will guide how we direct that passion to achieve our vision.
This is an exciting opportunity for the DCC to work with others to make Dunedin one of the world’s great small cities.