A few days ago, I showed you a photo of the earthquake damaged land beside the Avon River. That was in my post ‘Ring in the Spring” which you may view here
In that post, I mentioned the city plan to restore the Avon river and its banks and to create an extensive recreational and nature area along its course through the city.
A brief video of that plan can be seen here. http://ccdu.govt.nz/video-gallery. It is the third video called Design Concept which is the most relevant to this post. It won’t embed in my post but it is well worth a look.
The first section of the restoration project, the Watermark project, was completed and officially opened at the end of August; just in time to greet the first day of Spring. Last Sunday, on our Drive, we stopped to explore our new-look river precinct. The last time, we visited this section of the river, down near the Antigua Boat sheds, ( built in 1882 and still going strong) http://www.boatsheds.co.nz/history_pid_7.html was on New Year’s Eve 2012. It’s been a long while between visits, but lovely as the area was then,
and here are the THEN photos:
I think it is looking lovelier now. Here is the NOW photo:
Although you wouldn’t know it from my photos, lots of people were out enjoying the sunshine and the new aspect to our much-loved Otakaro/Avon River.
Here are some more NOW photos:
Canadian Followers! Did you see a reference to Montreal, as in Montreal Street? According to this website, http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/PlaceNames/ChristchurchStreetNames-M.pdf Montreal Street was named in 1850 after a colonial bishopric in Montreal, Canada. Montreal Street was first mentioned in the media in 1852.