Wānaka Sun       

Feedback invited on sport and rec facilities

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 27 Aug, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is about to kick start the final round of community engagement on the Wānaka Recreation Centre (WRC) that will frame the long-term development of sport and recreation across the Upper Clutha.

The masterplan covering the proposed expansion of the WRC sits under the Queenstown Lakes-Central Otago Sub-Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy ('the strategy') to set out a comprehensive vision for the next 10 to 20 years.

QLDC General Manager Community Services Thunes Cloete said anyone with interest in well-being and passive recreation, as well as an organised sport, is invited to provide feedback via the Council's Let's Talk portal from Monday, August 24.

"Both the masterplan and the strategy have been produced in collaboration with local sports clubs and groups, national and regional sports management bodies, and other stakeholders with a keen interest in this sector," he said.

"We're now calling on the whole community to review the final line up and ensure there are no gaps in the outfield. The proposed new layouts for WRC are particularly exciting."

The masterplan for WRC includes proposals for a full-size artificial turf, shared clubrooms and a health and wellness facility.

"As well as a significant building programme we've proposed a balance between organised sports and more informal uses of the sites such as walking, running and biking trails and open spaces for activities like family picnics," said Cloete.

The strategy is the result of a partnership between QLDC, Central Otago District Council, Sport New Zealand, Sport Otago, Sport Southland, Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and Community South.

Full versions of the strategy and masterplan together with an engagement document summarising the main points are available at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz. Hard copies will also be available at the Wānaka Library, and the QLDC office on Ardmore Street.

There will be drop-in sessions with Council staff on hand to answer questions from the community at the Lake Wanaka Centre's Armstrong Room on August 31.

Community engagement opens on Monday, August 24 and will close on Friday, September 18, at 5.00 pm.

View edition 989 of the Wānaka Sun here.



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