Mil­len­nium path likely to be kept, but form un­known

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - MARK PRICE [email protected]

A MIL­LEN­NIUM path on the Wanaka lake­front ap­pears likely to be re­tained, but where and in what form has not yet been de­cided.

Con­struc­tion work on stage two of the lake­front re­de­vel­op­ment, where the 650m, 2000­tile path lies, is sched­uled to be­gin in six weeks.

The Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil has de­clined re­quests from the Otago Daily

for the stage two plan, which is not yet fin­ished.

In a state­ment, parks and re­serves of­fi­cer Maddy Dow­man said the coun­cil was ‘‘cur­rently work­ing with’’ the Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board to iden­tify the best op­tion for the path.

‘‘De­tailed designs for stage two of the plan — the area from the new Mt As­pir­ing Rd car park to Dun­gar­von St — will be un­veiled in the next few weeks, and will show how we pro­pose to in­te­grate a me­an­der­ing path­way con­cept.’’

It is more than three years since the coun­cil com­mis­sioned Auck­land land­scape ar­chi­tect Garth Fal­coner to pro­duce op­tions for the $6 mil­lion lake­front re­de­vel­op­ment.

Up­per Clutha res­i­dent Gra­ham Tay­lor, who helped cre­ate the path, says it was his un­der­stand­ing the tiles were to be re­tained in the new de­sign.

‘‘I met with the con­sul­tants in May 2016; as­sur­ances were asked for and given.

‘‘Af­ter nearly 20 years in ex­is­tence and cre­at­ing con­sid­er­able in­ter­est they are to be de­stroyed and re­placed by some­thing else.

‘‘The whole af­fair is greatly dis­turb­ing.’’

Coun­cil­lor and board chair­man Quentin Smith told the ODT yes­ter­day the board agreed the path­way was ‘‘an im­por­tant fea­ture of the lake front’’.

‘‘But it has some chal­lenges in that the cur­rent one is in a sig­nif­i­cant state of dis­re­pair.’’

He es­ti­mated 20% of the tiles were cracked, faded or miss­ing.

‘‘We’re quite con­scious of that and we’re also con­scious that the track in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion doesn’t meet the needs of the pro­posed de­sign.

‘‘So it might not be suf­fi­cient just to leave it in its cur­rent po­si­tion be­cause it doesn’t match the rest of the de­sign.’’

Mr Tay­lor be­lieved the path could re­main where it was.

‘‘ A ca­pa­ble de­signer would be able and will­ing to in­cor­po­rate such a fea­ture as promised at the time, and was un­til re­cently fea­tured in the plan that we sub­mit­ted to.’’

Mr Smith ac­knowl­edged the work of those in­volved with the orig­i­nal project and said the coun­cil was ‘‘try­ing to find a way’’ to in­te­grate the path into the new de­sign.

One of the problems was the tiles were likely to break while be­ing shifted.

Mr Smith said he hoped to be able to pro­vide the ODT with a copy of the ‘‘work­ing plan’’ for stage two later this week.

It is be­lieved to in­clude a new, four­me­tre wide path nearer to the lake, stretch­ing from the new lake­front car park to the town cen­tre.

PHOTO: MARK PRICE

His­tory les­son . . . Asma, Qasim (5) and Mustafa Khan, of Auck­land, look for sig­nif­i­cant Pak­istan dates in Wanaka’s mil­len­nium tile path.

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