The ''jewel'' of Wanaka - Pembroke Park - should remain
''sacrosanct'' for future generations of residents, one of
the objectors to proposed car parking on the reserve says.
Fr Brian Fenton, speaking for the Friends of Pembroke Park
(FPP) group, told yesterday's Wanaka Community Board meeting
the proposal to amend the park's management plan to allow for
the creation of nose-in parking along the southern side of
the reserve was ''but a further incursion into the park's
He said the park had already been encroached on by the
Dungarvon St car park and it must be safeguarded against any
''Once taken, it can never be returned, and the council, as
elected representatives of the ratepayers, should be among
the first to want to preserve the heritage of Pembroke Park,
not wanting to cut sections off it.
''It's a further thin edge of the wedge. Where will it all
Fr Fenton suggested levying businesses to provide parking for
customers and installing a sign on State Highway 6 at the
Haast turn-off pointing to Riverbank Rd, so motorists
travelling to Queenstown were deflected from the Wanaka CBD,
thereby reducing traffic flow in Brownston St.
He said future development of a secondary town centre at
Three Parks would also lessen the demand for parking in the
Fellow FPP member Loris King said the group had begun a
''crusade'' in 1973 to ensure Pembroke Park was retained in
perpetuity as a recreation reserve.
''That was 40 years ago and I'm afraid it hasn't been
completely successful, because here I am again today.''
She said the parcels of existing road reserve that the
council would convert into parkland as part of the proposal
were ''utterly useless'' as recreation reserve.
Wanaka Chamber of Commerce president Alistair King said the
chamber's board supported the proposal. Traffic flow on
Brownston St during busy holiday periods and large events was
''diabolical'' because of cars parking along the gravel on
the side of the park and encroaching on the road, he told the
''On behalf of the visitors in town, we particularly want to
see more parking in Wanaka, particularly on the outskirts of
Fr Fenton said Mr King's comments showed the proposed car
parks were viewed as an extension of the all-day parking
facilities in Dungarvon St for CBD users, rather than being
solely for users of the park as stipulated under the Reserves
Board chairman Lyal Cocks said the differing views on the
proposal meant it was important the public was given an
opportunity to make submissions.
He said a provision for developing a further 60 car parks and
six bus parks at the McDougall St end of the park should be
removed from the management plan, as that would be a ''huge
incursion'' into the reserve and would affect the connection
between the park and the showgrounds. However, the proposed
Brownston St parking was a ''sensible, safe solution''.