Lake Hayes carpark size does matter

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Lake Hayes Pavilion’s new $180,000 carpark may look small but Queenstown Lakes District Council says despite public opinion, it’s just right. 

The recently-sealed area has 40 parking spaces, a disabled car park and a bus turnaround area. 

But QLDC has heard from some people worried about it not being big enough, QLDC community services boss 
Paul Wilson says. 

“I think that’s what people have seen – they see that and think there’s no parking there. That’s not the case. 

“When we have events, there are moveable wheel stops there which will open up more of the grassed area for a further 200 spaces.” 

The carpark is designed to cope with the traffic generated by the Lake Hayes walking track for 90 per cent of the time, Wilson says. 

As well as cost being a factor to limit the size, there’s the aesthetic value as well. 

“It’s a picturesque rural showground and the last thing we want to see is a supermarket-sized carpark there.” 

The project’s cost also included irrigation, grassing, connecting the walking track to the carpark and a “hard stand” for erecting marquees, fencing and markings.