Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan gets underway with Mt Aspiring Road Car Park

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Date:
Oct 10, 2018

Work on the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan began Monday 8 October with an initial project kicking off to establish the Mt Aspiring Road Car Park construction site.

The car park is set to be the southern bookend to the central lakefront development, providing a mixture of 68 parking spaces integrated into new landscaping of large lawns, and a future promenade for pedestrians. The project also features a new toilet facility with four cubicles, one of which will be dedicated to disabled users.

With a view to encourage better access to Wanaka’s lakefront for pedestrians in latter stages of the Lakefront Development Plan, Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) Community Services General Manager, Thunes Cloete said it was important to start the project delivery with the Mt Aspiring Car Park. 

“The overall aim of the project is to allow this space to be better utilised by pedestrians and cyclists, which means removing vehicles from grass areas along the lakefront. The community has made it clear the lakefront should be for people, not cars, but we recognise there is still a need to provide parking access. Therefore we’re aiming to at least retain the same capacity in the vicinity of the lakefront by the end of the work,” he said. 

“We’ve started construction on the Mt Aspiring Road Car Park knowing future steps in the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan will see some current parking removed from other parts of the lakefront.” 

QLDC Councillor and Wanaka Community Board Chair Quentin Smith said he is looking forward to this area being dominated by people walking, swimming, picnicking and cycling rather than the row of vehicles that currently exists for a large part of the year. 

“The Wanaka Community Board has been very close to the Lakefront Development Plan process and has been a strong advocate for changing the focus of the lakefront reserve from parking and vehicles to people and green space.  We’re really excited to finally see dirt being turned and this represents the beginning of a long project to improve this space.” 

“We’re taking care to ensure that we get the balance right between creating a green space reserve that enhances peoples’ enjoyment of the lake and the amazing view, while still servicing the increased demand for parking near Wanaka’s Town Centre,” Mr Smith said. “Kicking things off with the car park in this location will allow us to remove parking and create a great 4m wide pedestrian and cycling “boulevard” towards town from this site. This will be further balanced by roading, transport and parking changes that come via the Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan.”     

The Mt Aspiring Road Car Park has an approximate cost of $800K and is within the allocated budget, with $700K of that figure budgeted for construction. 

Work on the car park is planned for completion by Christmas in 2018. 

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For more information please contact QLDC Communications via communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.