Mt Aspiring Road Car Park Officially Opening to Public on Saturday

Date:
Dec 20, 2018

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will open Mt Aspiring Road Car Park to the public Saturday morning, 22 December, marking the completion of Stage One of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan.

This essential first step in ensuring accessibility for all on Wanaka’s lakefront helps to consolidate parking in the area, while allowing work to progress on to Stage Two (South Beach) of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan and the creation of a pedestrian destination.

With designs to be finalised early in 2019, residents can expect Stage Two to return green spaces to the waterfront and provide a promenade running from Mt Aspiring Road Car Park through to Wanaka’s Town Centre.

QLDC General Manager Community Services, Thunes Cloete, said it would be great to see the parking area finished so quickly, especially in time for the Christmas and New Year period.

“We’re in for a hectic time with Wanaka sure to receive plenty of visitors.  Having the Mt Aspiring Road Car Park ready and available for this influx is key to providing both visitors and locals alike with viable parking alternatives near Wanaka’s Town Centre, while protecting areas of the lakefront for pedestrians and active travel.”

“We’ve already received plenty of positive comments about the section of the lakefront we’ve reserved,” Dr Cloete said, referring to part of the lakefront cordoned off earlier this week to stop vehicles parking on it.

“It’s only made us more excited to deliver Stage Two in 2019 and create permanent green spaces by the water for people to enjoy.”

“And that’s possible because now we’re going to be able to transition vehicles parking on the lakefront to both the Mt Aspiring Road Car Park and temporary parking available at the Wanaka Showgrounds.”

QLDC Councillor and Wanaka Community Board Chair Quentin Smith said the community had called for more toilets, improved parking options and less parking on the lakefront.

“It’s great to finally be making some strides and implementing these improvements,” Mr Smith said.

“I think the combined impression of the new car park and the area closed off along the lakefront has a dramatic impact.”

“It really provides a window to the lake, something we haven’t had for a long time. It’s an exciting few years ahead to transform our Town Centre and lakefront.”

The Mt Aspiring Road Car Park provides a mixture of 68 parking spaces along with four cubicles in a new toilet facility, one of which being dedicated to disabled users.

The project had an approximate cost of $800K and is within the allocated budget, with $700K of that figure budgeted for construction.

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