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Christchurch City Council Media Release 3 November 1999

The City Council is asking the people of Christchurch for their thoughts on a proposed new reserve and the redevelopment of several existing parks.

The establishment of Drayton Reserve will be an ecological and recreational link between the Avon/Heathcote areas and the Port Hills. The primary objective of Drayton reserve is to provide a quality open space with recreational opportunities that cater for an increasing residential population around the reserve.

The construction of a walking track network, the planting of 9000 native plants and an equestrian trail is planned for the reserve.

The redevelopment for several parks in the Spreydon/Heathcote Ward is also planned. Redevelopment proposals for Centennial Park include tree plantings along the Heathcote River as well as two tennis courts, eight beach volley-ball courts, a skateboard area and multi-sport changing rooms for nearby Pioneer Stadium.

Proposed redevelopments for Duncan Park in Avoca Valley include an all weather dressage and show jumping area as well as improved accessways and native tree plantings.

Proposals for the area formerly known as Curletts Road reserve include changing its name to Nga Puna Wai Reserve, new sportsgrounds for winter and summer sports, as well as walking and cycling tracks. Informal recreational activities such as horse riding are proposed in a buffer zone between the sports grounds and an enhanced wetland habitat in the Wigram retention Basin and the Heathcote River Corridor.

A plan to redevelop South Shore spit is also available for public comment. Development options are limited and focus on the maintenance and enhancement of the natural character and protective function of the Spit.

Plans for these parks are available from City Council service centres or the Parks Unit, Civic Offices.

For further information

Ann Cosson 372-2510

Area Parks Officer (025) 226-1635

Chris Freeman 371-1638

Team Leader (025) 226-1366

Parks Planning

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