New plans submitted for red-zone water facility
The group behind a proposal to build a new lake in Christchurch's residential red zone has released an indicative design of the flat water facility aimed to transform the city's east.
The East Lake Trust, chaired by David Goodman, released the plans on Monday. He said trustees were "thrilled with the new design", which reinstates an original bend in the Avon River around the back of Porritt Park.
Goodman said the trustees feel they are "now on the home straight" towards the lake becoming a reality. Bringing back the original bend had the added advantage of allowing the lake to join up to the Kerrs Reach rowing sheds, while remaining separate from the Avon River.
Regenerate Christchurch, which replaced the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in April 2016, was set to release their consultation documents and draft regenerate plans in September. Goodman said the trust planned to ensure the lake and associated amenities were included in those plans.
Aquifer-sourced water would make the lake swimmable, meaning it could be used for triathlons alongside canoeing, waka ama, dragon boating and rowing.
Goodman previously said the lake would be an place where people could swim, walk and picnic. It was also planned to be part of the City to the Sea walk and cycle way running from central Christchurch to New Brighton.
The proposal was mentioned in a letter of expectations from Christchurch City Council and the Crown to Regenerate Christchurch, asking for the group to assess the feasibility of the water facility to host international events.
Despite being mentioned in the letter, Goodman previously said the trust did not see their proposal as a favourite.
The lake would occupy less than 15 per cent of flat land in the red zone, totalling 530 hectares.
"There is plenty of room for all proposed projects and significant greening of the red zone," Goodman said.
The Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee had previously said he wanted to make the city's red zone the "sporting capital of New Zealand".
He said building a water course could attract global attention and solve the area's flooding problems.