Foreshore plans drafted

Garth Falconer.
Garth Falconer.
Landscape architect Garth Falconer has produced a range of ideas for development of the Lake...
Landscape architect Garth Falconer has produced a range of ideas for development of the Lake Wanaka foreshore. Source: Queenstown Lakes District Council

A concept plan that includes plazas, promenades, piers and gardens on the Wanaka lakefront will be tabled at tomorrow's meeting of the Wanaka Community Board.

The plan is the work of Auckland landscape architect Garth Falconer, who has been contracted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

It covers the stretch of Roys Bay from the Wanaka Yacht Club to Pembroke Park, with particular emphasis on the area opposite the town centre.

Mr Falconer has produced six options for that area showing different configurations of car parking and a range of additions to the existing lake front reserve.

Several options show new jetties, some at the bottom of Helwick St.

None of the options show Ardmore St being closed to cars, although each has options to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Two options show Ardmore St realigned to have more curves.

Further north, there are areas for more boat parking between the boat ramp and the yacht club, an expanded marina, a cantilevered deck walkway opposite the marina and a boardwalk to town.

South of the town centre opposite Pembroke Park, Mr Falconer suggests shifting car parks away from the lake edge.

The plan for that area shows lakefront gardens, new toilets, a viewing deck and a sculpture.

Board chairwoman Rachel Brown told the Otago Daily Times yesterday Mr Falconer had talked to all the stakeholders and looked at all previous consultation over the lake front.

The ideas were now being presented to the public for comment.

The main purpose of the plan was to rationalise parking, develop more green space and create a better connection between the town and the lake, Ms Brown said.

"So he's come up with a range of ideas to address that, from the reasonably simple to the really quite radical.''

She said it was hoped to have a clear idea of public feeling by the end of March so the board could make a recommendation to the council.

A development plan could then become part of the annual plan process so work could be prioritised and budgeted for.

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