Work on the next stage of the central city riverside promenade will get underway mid-March between Antigua and Durham Streets as part of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct.
“This Anchor Project is turning the Avon River into a focal point of the city. The paved, lit and landscaped promenade will connect the Margaret Mahy Family Playground in the East Frame to the Convention Centre and onto the Health Precinct in the South Frame” says Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley.
The Terraces and Worcester East Terrace and punt stop were the first stages to be completed last year, and have proven to be popular spots to sit for lunch or stop and feed the eels.
This next stage of work will further enhance the area around the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.
“The paved Terraces area gives a sense of what people will see develop along this 2.8 kilometre stretch of the city. It will enable shops and eateries to make the most of their riverside location,” says Mr Brantley.
The Avon River Precinct spans both sides of the river. The paved Oxford Terrace side will be a shared, slow-speed route for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and in parts, trams. The Cambridge Terrace side will be a green space with walking and cycling paths running alongside the river.
The Precinct will feature kowhai and red maple trees along with other plantings selected for colour and fragrance. Rain gardens are also being incorporated to improve stormwater management and contribute to a healthier river.
“Over 120 new seats will be installed as part of the Avon River Precinct, and the upgraded lighting will make this part of the central city a pleasant and safe place to be during the evenings,” says Mr Brantley.
Work on the Avon River Precinct will be carried out and opened in stages and is expected to be completed late in 2018.