Interest strong in sports lake plan

MARC GREENHILL
Last updated 05:00 25/07/2014

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Proposals for a flat-water sports lake in Christchurch's residential red zone are proving popular.

The Evo::Space project, run by Peter Beck and Evan Smith of Eastern Vision, identified 27 key projects for the development of the eastern suburbs.

Cantabrians have been asked to contribute feedback through an online tool, which will be shared with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Christchurch City Council. 

About 700 have registered on the website.

Two options for an off-river multicode sports lake are provided for comment - a 1.25km facility and a 2.25km version suitable for international rowing.

Beck said more than 80 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the 2.25km proposal.

It catered for a range of watersports, fishing, walking and biking - ''all that you can do around the side of a big lake''.

''People have picked up that it's not just an international rowing lake, which is good in itself, but it's versatile and has great options for the whole city,'' he said.

More than 90 per cent of respondents supported a city-to-sea river park, new wetlands for water management, an eastern cycle and walkway network, eastern sport and recreation centre, dune boardwalk, eco-sanctuary, legacy hot pool complex for New Brighton, a riverside heritage garden park and a network of community food gardens and orchards.

Many disagreed with a proposal to link Brighton and Sumner with a bridge over the mouth of the estuary at Shag Rock, mainly on environmental grounds.

''This is exactly the kind of feedback we need from the community so we can get a clear steer on what people think,'' Beck said.

''It's really important we hear from as many as possible on these proposals so that recovery agencies have a good understanding of the views of the community.''

WORKSHOPS

Schedule of workshops and drop-in sessions in the next week:

July 25, 2pm, New Brighton Library

July 26, 2pm, South New Brighton Community Centre

July 29, 10am, South New Brighton shopping area.

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