Ladies Mile temporary park

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A $13.78 million slice of prime real estate may be opened up to the public while the council works out what to do with it.

Confirming the purchase of 516 Ladies Mile back in May, the council suggested the 14.6 hectare Queenstown site could be used for community facilities such as sportsfields and open parks, a transport hub or park-and-ride facility, or a new school.

But while it decides what the site’s long-term future will be, it’s applied for resource consent to open up the land for recreational use.

That wouldn’t include organised sporting events or other gatherings, according to the application.

It also wants to establish a small gravel carpark able to cater for 20 vehicles.

Vehicle access would be opposite the entrance to Queenstown Country Club. The existing house and garage on the property would be fenced off. The site was owned by the family of the late Bill Walker, a prominent businessman and engineer.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz