Wānaka Sun       

Have your say on our parks

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Apr, 2021 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

As if the 10-Year-Plan and the Spatial Plan wasn't enough, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is looking for feedback on a draft Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2021 and a draft Future Parks and Reserves Provisions Plan 2021.

 QLDC General Manager Community Services Thunes Cloete, said the Strategy was an integral part of providing a diverse network of open spaces for the community, while also protecting existing spaces and improving them for future generations.

 “Living in the Queenstown Lakes District comes with access to some of the best open spaces, lakes, waterways and mountains that New Zealand has to offer,” said Cloete.

 “Our community is passionate about the outdoors, and this lifestyle is a part of the identity of many people who choose to live, work and play in the district, and for those who visit.”

 The draft Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2021 aimed to protect and improve the quality and accessibility of parks and open spaces both now and in the future.

 Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Queenstown Lakes District was experiencing the fastest rate of resident and visitor growth in New Zealand. While the pandemic had created uncertainty about the future, Cloete said that the underlying reasons people want to live in or visit the district remained.

 “As our district grows there's more demand for open spaces.  Whether it's a neighbourhood pocket park, walking track, a large foreshore reserve or sports field, it's important our communities have access to these,” said Cloete.

 “Development and protection of the open space network and improvements to our parks and reserves are increasingly important for members of our community, which is not only why we have a Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, but also why it is important the community shares feedback on Council's current draft.”

Members of the community could read the draft Strategy, supporting information, and share their thoughts online at: letstalk.qldc.govt.nz.

 Feedback closes at 5.00pm on Monday 19 April 2021.

Read edition 1020 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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