Council pitches idea for more sports fields

The proposed site on Ballantyne Road.

Stage Three of the Queenstown Lakes District’s (QLDC) Proposed District Plan (PDP) suggests the zoning of the old oxidation ponds, section 32, 100 Ballantyne Road to active sport and recreation, and Sport Central and Upper Clutha Sports Community Trust are encouraging sporting groups to make a submission supporting this proposal.

QLDC planning policy manager Ian Bayliss describes an oxidation pond as a large, shallow pond designed to treat wastewater through the interaction of sunlight, bacteria and algae via energy from the sun, carbon dioxide, inorganic compounds and bacteria in the water.

“The idea of this rezoning is to provide for sports fields that meet the current and longer term future needs of Wānaka. People interested in these proposals are encouraged to submit to the PDP in support or opposition before November 18 2019 through the council website,” said Bayliss. “The site is located adjacent to Three Parks, an area that will provide for a mix of business and residential opportunities. A primary school is located 300m from the northern boundary of the site and the Wānaka Recreation Centre and Swimming Pool is directly adjacent to the school. The site would be well-connected to recreational and education facilities. A site of this size provides opportunities for hosting regional and/or national tournaments.”

Bayliss added, “Providing enough industrial land in this part of Wānaka to provide for future growth is still an important strategic objective for the council. Council officials will be looking closely at a range of issues for Three Parks and Ballantyne Road when we make recommendations in relation to submissions on this area.”

Tiny Carruthers of Sport Otago said, “This could leave a legacy for generations to come.”

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