A Glimpse into Wanaka’s Future Lakefront Arrives opposite Pembroke Park

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Date:
Dec 18, 2018

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has installed a new “capsule” to provide seating and shade on part of Wanaka’s lakefront opposite Pembroke Park. This unique space by the water is for people and pedestrians to enjoy, while relocating some  lakefront parking to alternative areas.

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,” Dr 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.”

Following installation of the capsule and seating, rocks have been placed to deter vehicles from accessing the area. Another ten benches have been placed by the capsule to enjoy the tree shade on the grassy waterfront.

QLDC also plans to include information panels inside the capsule, including designs of Lakefront Development Plan stages and a programme of work with dates for each stage. This will be coupled with Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan messaging and graphics about the lakefront, views and greenspace.

“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 greenspaces to the community and connecting Mt Aspiring Road Car Park with the Town Centre,” Dr Cloete said.

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 Mt Aspiring Road Car Park which will be open in time for Christmas.

Signage is planned to notify people that parking is prohibited there, and detailing alternative options.

The capsule is temporary, and will be moved before Stage Two of the Lakefront Development Plan gets underway.

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