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December, 2021

Locals will be able to enjoy the newly updated first stage of the Te
Kararo Queenstown Gardens Development Plan from December 4 this
Queenstown Lakes District Council's (QLDC) General Manager Community
Services, Thunes Cloete expressed delight at the completion of Stage
One and the area south of the Queenstown Playspace, as the project
had juggled a COVID-19 lockdown, snow, heavy rain, and most recently,
scorching temperatures.
"We're looking forward to opening the area up to our community, and
restoring access from Marine Parade and Queenstown's Town Centre into
this iconic part of our district," said Dr Cloete.
Pathing in the area is wider and has reduced gradients, making it easier
to walk on and improving public safety and accessiblity. Specialised
surfacing near the Queenstown Playspace has been installed to preserve
root networks of established trees nearby.
"With new seating in place and a vastly improved pathing network, I'm
sure many residents and visitors to the Queenstown Gardens will find
new spaces to rest, relax in the shade, and enjoy the view," added Dr
"Council's gardening team will be busily planting new trees and shrubs in
the area over the next few weeks, working to provide a palette of new
colours to enjoy for the summer season ahead."
A blessing is planned for early next year and key stakeholders, project
contributors, and the public would be invited to attend.
Several finishing touches to signage in the area are required, and will be
undertaken in the coming weeks.


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