Avon River park call popular

19:04, Dec 27 2011

More than 5000 signatures have been gathered calling for an Avon River park on red-zoned land.

The Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) collected another 500 signatures of support from Boxing Day shoppers in the Re:Start mall, and plan more campaigns before the network's January 15 deadline.

Ashley Campbell, who is helping with the group's communications, spent nearly three hours in the container mall with her parents, whose damaged Bexley house is in the residential red zone.

The petition calls for the Government "to work with the people and local authorities of Christchurch to turn the Avon River red zone into a reserve and river park when the homeowners have to leave the area".

Mayor Bob Parker and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman have pledged their support.

The group plans to continue collecting signatures until January 15 and present the petition to Parliament next year.

Campbell said any supporters with completed petitions should send them back so organisers can start counting the signatures.