From the junction of Taradale and Kennedy roads, take the footpath across the Clement Place Reserve. On Clement Place, pass through the walkway linking to Atherfold Crescent. Turn right, and follow either the footpath south along Atherfold Crescent or, if conditions underfoot allow, walk along the reserve running parallel to the Purimu Stream.
Turn right at Harris Street and enter the Greenmeadows Walkway Reserve, which winds along behind housing. This green corridor follows the course of the old Tannery Drain, which dried up after leaking artesian bores sunk by the tannery over many years were plugged.
At the path's first intersection, you may take an alternative route to the left across Haskell Place and a string of small reserves to Lannie Place. Here you may cross Kennedy Road to Anderson Park with its 4.3 kilometres of walking paths.
Following the Tannery Drain path will bring you back to Clement Park Reserve (where the tannery was located) and your starting point.
Duration (approx): 30 mins
Starting from the corner of Kennedy and Auckland roads, the path leads northwards into the park. At the tee junction with the main path, take a right turn. On your right is a very popular children's play area while on your left is the waterway that connects the Anderson Park lakes. As you pass the skateboard area, take a left turn onto a small bridge over the waterway for an alternative shorter route through the centre of the park.
Continuing along the main walkway, you will see on your right a low mound planted with trees. This was once the site of the main grandstand of the Napier Park Racecourse, which occupied the area until 1962. The path skirts the east side of the boating lake, a sanctuary for ducks, geese, swans, shags and occasionally migratory birds. It's a popular place for feeding birds.
At its eastern corner, the park takes a left turn around the lake. (Alternatively at this point, you may cross Kennedy Road to the Clement Place Reserve and join the Greenmeadows East Walkway.) Remaining within the park, the path can take you across the centre towards Freyberg Avenue. Heading west, the footpath follows the park around to its largest open area, used for such big events as circuses.
Opposite the Robinson Crescent and Freyberg Avenue intersection, a pathway re-enters the park, following York Avenue, curling around beside the waterlily lake. Pass the miniature railway operated by the Hawke's Bay Model Engineering Club to reach a junction where you turn right and proceed out via the car park to the starting point on Auckland Road.
The racecourse was the base of the Napier Park Racing Club, established at Greenmeadows in 1886. The main stable blocks, jockeys' rooms and offices were in the southwest corner of the park.
The start and finishing posts and grandstand structures were on the east side by Taradale Road. The longest races had a starting straight that begun at the northeast corner of the park where Taradale Road meets Kennedy Road.
Racing ceased here in about 1960 when the club moved to Hastings Race Course for race days. Napier City Council acquired the property in 1962 under the Public Works Act and began development work four years later with the formation of about six acres of lakes and waterways.
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