Wanaka Sun       

Pedestrian friendly spot created

Posted at 5:35am Thursday 20 Dec, 2018 | By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz


Several new seating areas appeared along the lakefront this week, along with large rocks prevented vehicle access to an area previously used for informal parking.

A QLDC spokesperson told the Wanaka Sun: “This stretch of lakefront is part of a temporary activation over the Christmas and New Year period to provide a pedestrian-friendly area by the water, while transitioning vehicles to use the temporary overflow parking available at the Wanaka Showgrounds, and Mount Aspiring Road Car Park once opened.”

Queenstown Lakes District Council has also installed a new “capsule” - a two-sided container with internal seating - to provide shade in the same area of the lakefront opposite Pembroke Park.

Plants will be added to the capsule and messaging will be installed inside it over time, featuring information about the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan, alternative parking options and the Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan.

QLDC general manager community services, Thunes Cloete, said the temporary capsule and seating will help to provide a people-friendly area along the lakefront during such a busy time of the year.

“It's great to be utilising this part of the lakefront for people and pedestrians, especially over the Christmas and New Year break,” Cloete said.

“With so many visitors to Wanaka and so many vehicles, we wanted to give everyone – both visitors and locals - a vehicle-free place to relax and enjoy the beautiful lakefront scenery.”

Some signage is still to be put in place to notify people that parking is prohibited there, as well as detailing alternative options, and is expected to be installed within the week. Council also plans to provide further messaging on the benches in the area which will be rolled out early in the new year.
Vehicles previously using this area for parking will be able to make use of the temporary overflow parking available at the Wanaka Showgrounds, and the Mount Aspiring Road Car Park which council said will be open in time for Christmas.

“In the first half of next year, Stage Two of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan will get underway in this section of the lakefront, returning green spaces to the community and connecting Mount Aspiring Road Car Park with the town centre,” Cloete said.

The capsule will be moved before Stage Two of the Lakefront Development Plan gets underway in the first half of 2019, as Stage Two will involve work on the area currently cordoned off, and to either side of it.


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