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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Parks and recreation in Dunedin

Being active indoors and out is a key part of everyday life for our communities, and our parks, open spaces and natural landscapes are one
of the main attractors to our city’s visitors. Whether it’s enjoying the wild majesty of Long Beach, the tranquility and wildlife of the Otago
Peninsula, walking or cycling in parks and neighbourhoods, playing netball, football or rugby, swimming or rowing, Dunedin offers a diverse range
of  activities, experiences and environments.

Dunedin’s communities support our parks, landscapes and recreation through fundraising and attending events, acting as officials, referees and
umpires, or by putting in the hard yards clearing, replanting and caring for our indigenous species.

Recreation is important for our communities’ people as it keeps us healthy and provides an opportunity for enjoyment and connection with
others. Whether it’s on the sidelines of a Highlanders game, at the annual Botanic Garden plant sale, or waiting patiently at dusk for the penguins to return, recreation helps to build pride as we compete, celebrate and treasure our opportunities and environments.

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) is just one of many organisations that influence where and how people choose to be active. Bringing this strategy to life will rely heavily on the sport and recreation sector, schools, conservation groups and central government, but mostly on Dunedin’s communities to get out there and get involved.

The DCC and its partners provide and invest in:
  • Programmes and opportunities to be active and volunteer
  • A range of facilities, parks and open spaces
  • Protecting and caring for parks, landscapes, flora and fauna
  • Developing a strong, capable and sustainable sport and recreation sector
  • Supporting Kāi Tahu in practising kaitiakitaka
  • Dunedin’s communities are more active, more often, in facilities, parks and open spaces that are connected and valued
  • Greater social connection and community well-being
  • Improved health and individual well-being
  • Economic development Higher educational achievement
  • Greater environmental sustainability and protection

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