The implementation of the Parks and Recreation Strategy will be primarily through the delivery of the Sport and Recreation Action Plan and the Parks and Open Space Action Plan.
These action plans detail what will be done over the next three to five years to achieve the objectives and goals of the overarching strategy.
To deliver the plans requires organisations to work together, have collective ownership of the outcomes and enable funding partnerships and strong relationships to develop.
Working together to make it happen
The DCC has led the development of Dunedin’s Parks and Recreation Strategy and the supporting Sport and Recreation and Open Space Action Plans with significant input from others.
In the Sport and Recreation Action Plan, organisations are identified to lead and deliver some initiatives that align to their organisation’s strategic priorities and the needs of their communities.
The actions within the Parks and Open Space Action Plan will be delivered by the DCC with support from others. This recognises the DCC’s role as provider of many of the parks and open spaces in Dunedin.
All stakeholders, however, have a responsibility to champion and communicate the shared vision and goals of the strategy and advocate for the necessary resources to implement the action plans.
Many different organisations, agencies and groups will play a significant role in the success of the action plans. Many of these organisations have been involved in the development of the action plans to date, including:
- Government agencies and ministries including the Department of Conservation (DOC), the Ministry of Health, Sport New Zealand and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
- Iwi and Māori organisations
- Otago Regional Council (ORC)
- Dunedin City Council (DCC) including internal departments and associated entities such as Enterprise Dunedin, Dunedin Botanic Gardens and Council-controlled organisations such as Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML)
- Sport Otago and Otago Secondary School Sports Association (OSSSA)
- Conservation groups and societies
- National and regional sports and recreation organisations
- Tertiary institutes and schools
- Disability organisations
- Health agencies
- Local groups and clubs
Principles to guide how we work
As we work together to deliver the action plans, we will be guided by the following principles:
|Respecting the special qualities of Dunedin|
|Dunedin has many special qualities and a strong sense of place which makes it an attractive place to live, work and visit. Through the implementation of this strategy, it’s important that these special qualities are respected and enhanced.|
|We recognise the need to provide opportunities that are accessible, including physical access, affordable access and access to information.|
|We will hold ourselves and each other to account on achieving Dunedin’s parks and recreation strategy goals, while sharing expertise, encouraging best practice, reducing duplication and making best use of resources.|
|Keeping an eye on the future|
|The future will bring a number of challenges and opportunities for open space, sport and recreation in Dunedin. It’s important that through the implementation of the strategy we not only think about the ‘here and now’ but also focus on understanding future trends and innovations to ensure that our parks, recreation and sport facilities are able to change and adapt.|
|Acknowledging the special role of mana whenua|
|Enabling meaningful engagement and participation in decision making to achieve mana whenua aspirations for parks and recreation in Dunedin is a key principle of the strategy.|
|Taking a balanced approach|
|Promoting fair and equitable access to sport and recreation opportunities and open space while balancing the impact on the natural environment will guide our work.|
|Focusing on participants and the community|
|We will focus on the needs and expectations of the participant and Dunedin’s diverse communities when delivering and providing services, programmes and assets.|
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