An upgrade of Wanaka's present swimming pool rather than a
new aquatic centre in the town's proposed new sports facility
has been recommended to the Queenstown Lakes District Council
by the Wanaka Sports Facility steering group.
The group's recommendation is on the agenda for today's
council meeting, being held in Wanaka.
After a recent round of public consultation, the group has
delivered a list of priorities for the new facility to be
built in the 112ha Three Parks development south of the
Wanaka golf course.
The group said ''given potential funding constraints and
community priorities'', it recommended a ''reduced stage 1''
facility that would comprise two indoor courts, change and
storage facilities, an outdoor mixed-use artificial surface,
toilets, casual recreation space and car parking.
As well, it recommended a refurbishment of the existing
Wanaka community pool to include an independent learn-to-swim
pool, new changing rooms and entry area, and improvements to
The proposal does not include sports fields as part of stage
1 but suggests they were likely to be required ''well
within'' the next 10 years.
Council general manager, operations, Ruth Stokes and chief
executive Adam Feeley recommended the group's proposals be
included in the draft annual plan and that staff continue
with concept plans including detailed capital and operating
These should be available to the council by June 30.
They also recommended rating options for the facility be
included in the draft annual plan to be adopted next month.
In a discussion document, council staff said the sports
facility being recommended would cost $12.3 million and the
pool upgrade $2.1 million.
The cost if an aquatic centre was also included would be
''[Council] officers consider the option recommended by the
[steering group] is a pragmatic solution for the Upper Clutha
district for the next 10 years,'' the document said.