This week Ōtākaro Limited begins work on what will be the third largest park in central Christchurch – the East Frame public space.
The 660-metre-long East Frame public space will sit in the middle of the future East Frame Residential development, between Manchester and Madras Streets. The park will extend through five city blocks from Lichfield Street to Armagh Street and include walking and cycling paths.
This distinctively landscaped area will be for everybody - local residents and the broader community. Along with ample open space, there will be areas where people can relax, and feel safe and comfortable. There will be a strong safety focus with areas well-lit and designed for good visibility. Like all the new public spaces being created, the area will be accessible and barrier free for people of all physical abilities and ages.
Ōtākaro Chief Executive Albert Brantley says the East Frame public space will be a new asset for Christchurch.
“Bookended by the Margaret Mahy Playground and the Innovation Precinct, the East Frame public space is going to be a green space that brings a wide range of people together to enjoy the central city,” says Mr Brantley.
Ahead of work commencing two streets in the East Frame area will be shut from 17 October to allow infrastructure to be removed:
· Bedford Row
· Liverpool Street
This will result in a loss of some on-street parking in the area.
Construction will get underway with the establishment of a site office, followed by work in various places along the length of the future park.
“There is a lot to look forward to in this area. The Margaret Mahy Family Playground has already helped to bring people back into this part of the city. Work is well underway on the widening of Manchester Street into a tree-lined boulevard and is scheduled to finish next year. The East Frame public spaces will add further to the appeal of this area,” says Mr Brantley.
The City Care/JFC Joint Venture has been awarded the contract to carry out the construction of the East Frame public space, with work expected to be completed early in 2018.