A contentious proposal to convert part of Pembroke Park
in Wanaka into car parking will come before the Wanaka
Community Board again next week.
The board will consider proposed amendments to the Pembroke
Park Reserve Management Plan, which would allow the creation
of nose-in car parks along Brownston St for event and
sporting use, part of which would encroach on to the park. At
present, parking along Brownston St is generally parallel to
the street on the grass verge. The new parking is part of a
wider proposal to redevelop Brownston St.
In a report to the board, Queenstown Lakes District Council
community services general manager Paul Wilson said because
of the closeness of Pembroke Park to the Wanaka CBD and the
pressure on parking within the CBD, there was a need to
encourage turnover and minimise the amount of all-day parking
by non-park users that might otherwise occur.
''It may be necessary to provide for some additional parking
within the reserve should the demand from the use of Pembroke
Park itself require it,'' Mr Wilson said.
''The creation of further car parking within the reserve
shall only take place when all other options such as
on-street parking have been exhausted.''
While there was likely to be demand for further parking to
service the CBD, because the reserve had been acquired for
recreation purposes and was managed under the Reserves Act,
only parking directly related to the recreation activity
could be located on the reserve, unless part of the land was
re-designated under the Public Works Act and reclassified
under the Reserves Act 1977.
The Friends of Pembroke Park group - a long-time guardian of
the reserve - does not support the proposal. Member Prof John
Blennerhassett said while he did not want to represent the
views of the whole group, he personally believed the proposal
was a ''grab'' for land to boost parking provisions for the
''It was alleged that it was parking for people who are going
to use the park. Well, I mean you would have to be pretty
naive to believe that that was anybody's perception of it,''
''There are alternative ways and means of getting away with
parking on Brownston St which don't involve ripping off
another piece of the park.
''We believe that this is going to be a constant chipping
away every time somebody needs a bit more land for a public
facility which has really nothing to do with parks and
reserves ... and we believe it's our duty to protect that.''
An amendment to the management plan's policy on helicopter
landings, for Challenge Wanaka and other events has also been
proposed. If the board supports the proposed changes to the
plan, it must determine and recommend to the council whether
an amendment is made or whether a review of the plan should
take place. The amendment process requires public
notification of the amendments and the hearing of submissions
before a council decision.