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Rotary Club installs gym equipment on West Harbour trail

The project has involved dozens of working bees to landscape the area and spread tonnes of wood chips, plant thousands of native shrubs, and install picnic tables and the equipment.
Landscape architect Mick Field, who has been involved in the project since its inception, has designed about 20 information panels showing the history of the many settlements along the harbourside. These have been installed at vantage points along the route.
West Harbour Recreation Trail project co-ordinator Neil Lyons said the installation of the equipment, funded through a $27,400 grant from the William Sherriff Trust, and some final planting on December 3, would complete the project at the Maia end.
Next year, the project would return to the Boat Shed end of the cycleway-walkway for its final phase – landscaping and planting, a picnic area with sheltered barbecue, a tai chi area, and the installation of eight more pieces of exercise equipment. The Moller Park Memorial replacement would be sited in the area.
Two further pieces of outdoor exercise equipment would also be installed at the Ravensbourne footbridge, bringing the total to 13.
Mr Lyons said the project had inspired club members, with great turnouts to working bees, as well as significant input from Taskforce Green workers.
Rotary Club of Dunedin North members had also lent a hand.“It has been a very satisfying project for us – and the feedback we have had from the community has been great,” Mr Lyons said.
Mr Walker said the West Harbour cycleway-walkway continued to grow in popularity, not only with commuters, but with recreational walkers and cyclists from throughout Dunedin, he said.
The West Harbour Recreation Trail project has been supported through funding from the Otago Community Trust ($45,000), William Sherriff Trust ($27,400), Ravensdown ($10,000), Perpetual Trust ($4800), and other smaller grants.