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Invited ideas to transform Wānaka’s former oxidation ponds into new sports and open space facilities

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is developing a master plan to rehabilitate 101 Ballantyne Road, Wānaka – the site of the former wastewater oxidation ponds that were closed in 2009 – for municipal use.

The land, which was redesignated in 2021 as part of the ongoing district plan review, encompasses approximately 20 ha and offers the opportunity to create a green space with multiple uses and appropriate sports and open space facilities to support the needs of the Upper Clutha community for the next 20 years and beyond.

QLDC Sport and Recreation Manager Simon Battrick said the goal is to build on similar scoping projects for the Wānaka Recreation Center and also the new youth, community and sports facility in the former Miter 10 building on Plantation Road.

“This is an important opportunity for sports clubs, groups and the wider community to come up with early ideas about what is most needed at the Ballantyne Road site and how it will complement the existing facilities across the road at the Wānaka Recreation Centre,” said he.

“Bringing together all the ideas about what the community wants on the site is the best part of the master plan process and ensures what we need now and in the future. Our vision is to get more people to take action more often and the master plan will create the best possible foundation for that.”

QLDC hired Boffa Miskell to draft the master plan. Boffa Miskell Landscape Architect Megan Ash said she looks forward to working with the community to gather feedback.

“Our goal is to develop a master plan that can enhance the site and allow it to grow with the community and create more opportunities for sports, recreation and other open space activities in Upper Clutha for years to come,” she said.

Anyone wishing to submit ideas and share information about the master plan should visit letstalk.qldc.govt.nz and click on ‘101 Ballantyne Road Masterplan’. Online submissions close on Sunday July 10th. There will also be two community pop-up sessions where people can come and chat with the project team. These will be held at the Wānaka Recreation Center on Saturday, July 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and at New World Three Parks on Sunday, July 3.

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