Glenorchy celebrating lagoon boardwalk extension

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An extension to Glenorchy’s popular lagoon boardwalk will be officially opened on Sunday.

The 1.7km of extra track, which has been added to the existing loop, has been added at a cost of $315,000.

The project has been a jointly developed by the Glenorchy Community Association and the Department of Conservation as part of the township’s recent 150th celebrations.

The existing boardwalk and loop track, traversing a spectacular wetland area, attracts 18,000 people a year.

Community association committee member Amanda Hasselman says: “The project has been a huge one for our small community to undertake, and we are extremely proud of the result and of the way the community has really pulled together to make this project happen.”

Funders include Lotteries, Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, the Walking Access Commission and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Glenorchy’s John Henderson Construction Ltd and DoC together built the boardwalk extension with assistance also from local volunteers.

The official opening, at noon this Sunday, will include the unveiling of new signage, a walk on the new loop and a BBQ.