Locals work together to develop community park

Residents of the Mount Iron community got together last weekend to plant some fruit trees at Allenby Park as part of the park’s further development.

Park plans move forward

Residents of the Mount Iron community got together last weekend to plant some fruit trees at Allenby Park as part of the park’s further development.

Wanaka Community Board deputy chair and Mount Iron resident Quentin Smith said the money for the trees was raised at the community Christmas party in December.

“There have been a range of trees planted including apples, plums, apricots and hazelnuts. Everyone is quite keen on the idea that the trees can produce and the residents can take an apple or apricot off a tree,” Quentin said.

Image: Allenby Park Playscape

The most recent development for the park has been plans drawn up by landscape architect Annabel Riley in conjunction with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

“Diana Manson of QLDC is currently getting costs and quoting for the playscape with the plan that we would be seeking funds from a range of trusts in the next couple of months. Construction could start as soon as October,” Quentin said.

Council has earmarked $30,000 for this project under the annual plan.

“It’s all about trying to bring the community together. The park is a natural focal point for the Mount Iron community and we wanted to create opportunities for the residents to come and connect in that space,” Quentin said.

For more information about the on-going community care of and enhancement of Allenby Park Reserve visit:  Friends of Allenby Park on Facebook 




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