Planting Out in the River
Working on the Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct on my walk around the city to see what is happening, May 21, 2014 Christchurch New Zealand.
The winding path of the Ōtākaro/Avon River will define Christchurch’s new river precinct. Watermark, the first section to be built, opened at the end of August 2013, and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee unveiled The Terraces section on 20 September 2013.
Te Papa Ōtākaro will include Victoria Square (formerly Market Square) and be part of the central city’s spiritual and aesthetic identity. The visual contrast between the curving river and the linear grid of the streets is a key element of the city’s distinctive urban form.
Ōtākaro holds great significance for Ngāi Tahu and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga: the river was their commercial vein, transport route, source of mahinga kai, and the place by which they lived and traded.
Te Papa Ōtākaro will continue to be a touchstone of central Christchurch’s spiritual and aesthetic identity. The visual contrast between the curving river and the linear grid of the streets is a key element of the city’s urban form.
The park zoning will be about 30 metres wide on either side of the water, with many walks and cycle paths. Cafes and bars will re-emerge; new buildings, including hotels, will enjoy river views.
As part of the Precinct’s construction, Victoria Square (formerly Market Square) will be revitalised as a place of welcome for all.
For More Info: ccdu.govt.nz/projects-and-precincts/te-papa-otakaro-avon-...