Play park welcomes water feature

WILL HARVIE
Last updated 08:13 31/03/2014
Nature Play Park in Chch
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RIVER RUN: Jonathan Hall, left, of Greening the Rubble, and Alan McDonald, of the Department of Conservation, at the Nature Play Park in central Christchurch where water is finally flowing.

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A five-month "tale of woe" has ended after water started flowing at a Greening the Rubble project in central Christchurch on Friday.

The Nature Play Park across from Latimer Square features a mini braided river in which children and adults can splash and tumble.

It took time for power for a water pump to be connected and then a neighbouring tree was toppled in a recent storm, breaking the water pipe.

"It was a very, very long wait to become a customer of Meridian [Energy]," Greening the Rubble trustee Rhys Taylor said.

The park, built in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and other sponsors, officially opened in late October. Water flowed in the mini river when a generator was on site, but it was dry otherwise.

Just after power was connected, a 25-metre high oak tree belonging to the Christchurch Club next door blew down during the early March gales with its roots breaking the water pipe. It was repaired Friday.

"It's been a real tale of woe," Taylor said.

The Nature Play Park, one of DOC's first urban efforts, recreates the Canterbury Plains including a braided river. The plants are all natives which do not need additional watering.

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