12 December 2019
Central Otago District Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund for the upgrade of the Clyde river carpark and access.
Funding of $365,000 was announced today (Thursday 12 December) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
The funds will be used as part of the wider works to upgrade Clyde's Heritage Precinct streetscape, which includes the carpark upgrade.
The Heritage Precinct streetscape upgrade aims to relieve growth pressures from the increasing number of visitors to the town with improved parking, facilities and access to better connect the river frontage to Clyde's town centre.
The car park upgrade will include lighting and landscaping, making the area safer, more attractive and accessible. The upgrade will include installation of a public toilet at the carpark and interpretation panels that highlight the area's history.
There will also be a safety upgrade to Miners Lane. A new eastern access for vehicles will create a one-way thoroughfare to car parking, and the river carpark will be connected to the Heritage Precinct (town centre) with a walkway.
Play spaces, outdoor furniture and barbeques will be installed at the river area to make the area an attractive place to enjoy the river and spend time.
"We're really delighted to have been successful in obtaining this funding. The Clyde Heritage Precinct streetscape upgrade is an important part of the big picture for Clyde. Together with our other major project to install a new reticulated wastewater system, this project will contribute to a strong economic base, a sustainable environment and a safe and healthy community," says Capital Projects Programme Manager Patrick Keenan.
The upgrade of the Clyde Heritage Precinct streetscape was consulted on in the Long-term Plan. Work is planned to start on the Clyde Heritage Precinct streetscape upgrade after mid-2020.
In June this year, CODC was also successful in obtaining a grant of up to $247,500 from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund for new toilets in Clyde's town centre and in the river area.