Took a little stroll along the floodwall of Greymouth and a wander around the Greymouth Coal Heritage Park recently.
The brain child of the Greymouth Heritage Society but like all small volunteer groups they struggle with both members and funding and while there is good intent to create and preserve this important piece of our history it is unfortunately unfinished and unloved and what has been done is falling into dis-repair.
Now I don’t mean that to sound as awful as it possibly does as this is still a really cool little area. The relics that are here are a great reminder of days gone by. The park sits on the Greymouth wharf overlooking the Grey River with views out to the mouth of the river and the Tasman Sea and to the East towards the Southern Alps – so an absolutely stunning location.
What we need is someone to offer some serious sponsorship money or serious fundraising to help get the money to continue on and finish the project. In the meantime it is still a lovely place to just relax for a while, enjoy the views and history that is there. Fingers crossed this gets incorporated into the town plan for future generations to enjoy.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many treasures that make up this wonderful region – named by Lonely Planets Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top ten regions to visit in the world.