Views sought on football grounds

Comment is being sought from the community on a proposal to develop the Kelly's Flat reserve in Wanaka into junior football grounds.

The reserve, in Aubrey Rd, is next to Wanaka Primary School and across the road from Holy Family School.

QLDC parks manager Gordon Bailey said the idea for the proposed football grounds arose from consultation that took place in Wanaka in 2008 concerning sites for sporting facilities. The grounds were intended to be complementary to the proposed Wanaka Sports Facility at Three Parks.

"Kelly's Flat was identified during that process as having potential for use as a sports ground," Mr Bailey said.

"We've talked to the soccer club about their needs and now it's time to find out how the wider community feels."

A draft layout plan for the site had been drawn up, comprising four pitches, 30 angled car parks and toilets. A pop-up irrigation system would also be installed. A budget of $500,000 had been set aside for the proposed work.

Mr Bailey said the site was ideally situated.

"It's handy to schools and easy to get to and from. It's also relatively flat so wouldn't require much levelling work."

A drop-in session on the proposal will be held on Monday, November 26, from 5pm to 6pm, in the Faulks Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre.