Masterplans underway for sport and recreation venues

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Date:
Dec 14, 2018

Planning the future development of council-managed sport and recreation facilities in Frankton and Wanaka is underway.

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has appointed national environmental planning and design consultancy Boffa Miskell to lead a joint masterplan project for Queenstown Events Centre (QEC) and Wanaka Recreation Centre (WRC) after a public tender process.

The company will work with QLDC’s Sport and Recreation department, local sports groups, schools and other key stakeholders including potential funding partners to consider the development of all current and potential sites over the next 20 years.

The project will also look to future-proof the district’s sport and recreation facilities beyond this in line with predicted population growth ensuring both hubs continue to play a key role in the social fabric and wellbeing of the district.

Thunes Cloete, QLDC general manager community services, said the joint masterplan will draw on recent research and consultations around user demand such as the draft QLDC/CODC (Central Otago District Council) Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy and QLDC’s current Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan and Frankton Masterplan projects.

“Connecting Queenstown Events Centre and Wanaka Recreation Centre with proposed new residential, commercial and education hubs, especially via the active travel links being explored in the Wanaka and Frankton masterplans, is a particular focus,” said Dr Cloete.

“We will be looking to strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones through this process. Many clubs and groups have already shared their future plans with us during previous consultations but this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for others to have their say about how the future development of sport and recreation in the district can benefit them.”

Nik Kneale, Senior Principal and Landscape Architect at Boffa Miskell, said the company was excited to be leading the development of this vision with Council.

“We know that many groups within the Wakatipu and Upper Clutha communities are very physically active, and that recreation is one of the key reasons people choose to live in the district. As such, we recognise that planning for the future provision of sport and recreation facilities here is a high priority and we’re looking forward to presenting some creative solutions.”

The joint masterplan will add detail to the $12m investment programme for QEC outlined in Council’s 2018-2028 Ten Year Plan that includes two additional indoor courts, a multi-use artificial turf and an upgrade of its gym and group fitness facilities. The masterplan for WRC will be refreshed to complement the pool facilities opened in June 2018.

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For more information contact QLDC Communications via email or call 03 441 1802.