12 Mar 2021

A total of $337 million in capital development funding is earmarked in the Draft Long Term to transforming the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor into the jewel in Christchurch’s crown

Regenerating the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor into a place where residents and visitors can explore, play, connect and learn  is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a legacy that benefits future generations.

Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor funding has been allocated across the following Council activities:

  • Parks                        $149 million
  • Transport                $81 million
  • Land drainage      $86 million

This funding will support the following developments:

  • The City To Sea Pathway
  • Ecological restoration
  • Cultural and recreational facilities, including landings
  • Flood protection and stormwater management
  • Pages Road bridge

We’ve aligned funding in the regeneration plan to the different sections Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor, known as ‘reaches’. The funding allocation per reach is as follows:

  • Ōtākaro Loop Reach           $94 million
  • Horseshoe Lake Reach      $86 million
  • Eastern Reach                       $86million

A further $50 million is allocated across the entire green spine for flood and stormwater priority works.

We’re committed to a new co-governance model for development of the land, in partnership with mana whenua, and have allocated:

  • $316 million for the implementation of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.
  • $21 million to support future plans for Brooklands, the Port Hills and Southshore former residential red zone land.

We have also budgeted $ 2.8 million a year for the management and maintenance of the entire former residential red zone

A riverside landing and three pedestrian bridges across the Ōtākaro Avon River have been funded by a $13.7 million grant from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.

The Medway Street and Snell Place bridges reinstate a pedestrian/cycle connection across the Ōtākaro Avon River, which has been missing since the earthquakes. The Avondale Bridge is a new bridge that will provide a connection to the future Eastern Reach wetland restoration area. Work on constructing the bridges is expected to start in early 2021.

The riverside landing at Dallington (east of Gayhurst Road) will have a ‘picnic in the forest’ theme and construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2021.

We’ve allocated $40 million from the Christchurch Regeneration Acceleration Facility to develop Green Spine elements. There’s $7.7 million for pathways and connections, $6.6 million for basic public facilities and landings, and $25.7 million for ecological restoration.

Staff are determining priority areas for development, such as stopbank placement, and ecological and wetland areas to improve water quality.

We’re engaging with community groups and organisations to determine the placement of the City To Sea Pathway and network, and design work is under way for a large stormwater facility and tidal wetland in Bexley. Detailed design work on this is nearing completion, with a tender due to go out early 2021, so that construction can begin next year.