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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The Parks and Recreation Strategy is one of Council’s eight strategies that vision of being one of the world’s great small cities.

The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Strategy is to set our 10-year objectives and goals for parks and recreation, which will:

  • guide the planning, development, management and maintenance of Dunedin’s recreation facilities, parks and open spaces
  • guide planning and investing in programmes and partnerships to enhance the opportunities for Dunedin’s residents and visitors to be active and enjoy our recreational spaces and facilities.

The principles that underpin the strategy are a commitment to sustainability and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Council takes a sustainable development approach which considers the social, economic and cultural interests of Dunedin’s communities,
maintaining and enhancing the quality of the natural environment and the needs of future generations.

The strategy has been developed by referencing community feedback from previous parks and recreation surveys and assessing national participation trends and other councils’ practices.

We also thank key stakeholders, including Kāi Tahu, the Otago Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Sport Otago and Forest and Bird, for their input.


Action plan development

As part of the Parks and Recreation Strategy, a Sport and Recreation Action Plan and a Parks and Open Space Action Plan have also been developed. These action plans detail what will be done over the next three to five years to achieve the objectives and goals of the overarching Parks and Recreation Strategy.

The action plans have been developed with input from key stakeholders and organisations and they each set out how we will work with others to achieve a shared vision:

“Dunedin’s communities to be more active, more often, spending more time enjoying a connected and valued network of facilities, parks and open spaces

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