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Millenium Pathway stays

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka's Millenium Pathway along the lakefront will be moved and its tiles replaced as part of a concept design for stage two of the lakefront development.

Stage two along Ardmore St between McDougal St and the centre of town was approved by the Wānaka Community Board last Thursday.

The 560m pathway was a community project which consisted of a series of tiles displaying essential dates in history over 2000 years.

It will be re-created alongside a new "active travel promenade" for cyclists and pedestrians.

Other features of the lakefront were gardens and a line of car parks broken up by viewing corridors.

Board member Ed Taylor noted camper vans would not be allowed to use the parks on the lakeside of Ardmore St, to avoid a "white wall" effect but would be permitted to parallel park on the other side of Ardmore St.

The approved stage two option has a budget of $2.8M.

One of the tasks of a new working party would be to review the Millennium Pathway's historical, grammatical and spelling accuracy.

It will also add more events, including those from Maori history.

The future of the pathway has been a polarising issue for almost four years, with hundreds of signatures collected calling for it to be retained.

Community board member Niamh Shaw said the Community Board members were pleased “to have a way forward for our town lakefront.”

“Although the preferences for the two options weren't as clear-cut as I would prefer, the detailed designs will attempt to incorporate the wishes and themes that were consistent across the majority of community feedback.

“ Overwhelmingly - regardless of which concept plan was favoured by submitters - the feedback from over 170 submissions was to retain the natural feel of the lakefront, along with as many existing trees as possible. 

“The detailed designs are subject to WCB sign-off, and I am hopeful that some of the passion, spirit and collaboration that defined the Millenium Path project twenty years ago can be recaptured in the Millennium Path Community Working Group,” Shaw said.

Chair of the Wānaka Community Board Barry Bruce said;” Stage 2 of The Lakefront Development Plan has been a work in progress for some time.

“The Community Board was mindful of the need to come up with a proposal that meets the communities expectations, in particular easy access to the lake, open natural space, ample car parking and honouring the Millennium Pathway legacy.

“I would like to acknowledge the work done by QLDC staff and WCB members including preparing concept plans and liaising with our community including drop-in sessions and evaluating written submissions.

“I am confident the chosen option will ensure our beautiful lakefront environment is future-proofed for present and future generations.”

Stage one of the five-stage lakefront development has been completed, and phase three is underway.

The total cost could run to more than $13 million.




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