The Queenstown Lakes District Council has announced that construction of the third stage of the Lake Wānaka development plan is expected to be completed by the end of September, with an official opening of the boardwalk that will follow in October.
From Bullock Creek to Wānaka Marina, the third stage will see the implementation of Te Ara Wānaka (a shared trail) for pedestrians and cyclists along Lakeside Road, with sections of the trail already usable.
A separate promenade will run along the edge of the lake, and large-scale planting will be undertaken in the area after construction is complete, with the aim of maintaining a natural and rugged appearance.
Wānaka Community Board Chair Barry Bruce was excited to see the progress of Stage Three and said he looked forward to seeing this stage of development open to the Wānaka community.
Bruce noted that “we saw a bunch of foot traffic in the accessible parts of Lakeside Road during our recent lockdown, and I personally loved being able to walk along parts of the shared trail there.
“You can already see how much extra space has been created for pedestrians and cyclists, and observing the grebes and their current nesting period only further underscored the value of this section of Lake Wānaka shore. . “
Moving further around Roys Bay, a detailed design of the second stage and the lakefront area between the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring road parking lot to Dungarvon Street is nearing completion, the design to be shared in the near future.
The second stage will see the inclusion of an active travel walk and new Millennium Pathway tiles laid next to it. Parking will be provided along the Ardmore Street lake, and plans are in place to conserve as many existing trees as possible in the area.
Queenstown Lakes District Council Community Services General Manager Thunes Cloete said the Millennium Pathway project has made good progress since concept plans for Stage Two were shared in the second half of 2020, and that new tiles had been purchased and an engraving process determined for details on the tiles.
Dr Cloete added “I would like to take a moment to thank the working group that has formed to help create the new Millennium Pathway, as their time on this project has been invaluable to the project and what I am sure will continue to be a great attraction at Lake Wānaka.
“The Council will now move on to the next phase of the project where the content will be updated to conform to current historical information, and supplemented to further reflect the history of Wānaka and her entire community.”
Designs for stages four and five of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan have started, with the design of stage five to be shared with the community in October 2021. Stage four is adjacent to downtown Wānaka and stage five is next to Wānaka Marina and Club Yacht.
Image courtesy qldc.govt.nz/
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