Adventure park one step closer

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 27/08/2014
Christchurch adventure park

PROPOSED: Christchurch adventure park

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Canadian developers are seeking approval to build a multimillion-dollar mountainbike park in the Port Hills.

The Government has already pledged $2 million toward the $22m Christchurch Adventure Park but the development has yet to gain resource consent from the Christchurch City Council.

An application has now been submitted and is open for public consultation, which closes on September 19.

The park will be developed by Select Evolution, whose parent company is based in Whistler, Canada.

It has 36 years experience in designing, building and operating international leisure and entertainment projects, including theme parks, water parks, adventure parks, downhill bike parks, surf parks and snow parks.

The proposed Christchurch Adventure Park will be built on 358 hectares of forested land, between Dyers Pass, Worsleys and the Summit roads. The land is owned by McVicar Holdings and would be leased by Select Evolution for a 50-year term.

The resource consent application shows the park will include more than 100 kilometres of downhill routes, a 1.8km-long chairlift for people and bikes, 2km of zip lines through the forest, a mountain coaster and a restaurant and bar seating up to 180 people.

It will also include accommodation in five lodges and 14 cottages, parking for 220 cars, walking trails, a bike school and rock climbing activities.

There will be 16 new buildings in total.

It is expected to create 60 fulltime equivalent jobs, with the potential for another 40 part-time jobs. The application said the park could have noise, glare and traffic effects but it had sought ways to mitigate those issues in a number of ways.

It was limiting the hours of operation, ensuring the principle development was well away from the community and would be limiting noise and glare. It would also work with the on-going forestry operation to retain tree cover.

The main vehicle access would be from Worsleys Rd and would involve upgrading an existing farm driveway.

The Government announced in May the development was one of six tourism projects to get backing through its "tourism growth" scheme.

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