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Stretch your legs on Christchurch’s newest walking tracks

Wednesday, November 16, 2022   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: families, environment, cycling, walking

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th November 2022

People will be able to enjoy four kilometres of new walking track when Christchurch City Council’s award winning stormwater basin in Hoon Hay opens to the public on Friday.

The stormwater basin is part of a 109-hectare network of basins and wetlands which the Council has been working on in the upper catchment of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River. The facility as a whole has been named Te Kuru and includes the Eastman Wetlands.

The Council is investing more than $50 million in the project and picked up a national award for it last month.

Council Head of Three Waters Helen Beaumont says this section of the project is now complete and ready for the public to use. It has four kilometres of walking track and large areas of wetland and native planting for people to enjoy.

It will eventually link to three other stormwater storage and filtration basins that will collectively be able to store more than one million cubic metres of flood water in big rain events, reducing the risk of flooding downstream.

In total, the area will provide around 14 kilometres of walking tracks, cycle tracks and bridges as well as large swathes of native plantings. About 110,000 trees and 600,000 native plants are going in the ground as part of the revegetation effort.

“Improving our floodplain and stormwater management was obviously the catalyst for this project but a lot of effort has gone into ensuring this area also delivers long-term ecological and recreational benefits for the city," Ms Beaumont says.

“When the stormwater basins aren’t being used to store flood water, we want people to be able to enjoy this area and for it to be habitat for birds and other wildlife, including lizards."

The name Te Kuru ‘the blow with the fist’ was recommended to the Council by Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Mana whenua have historically used it to reference the area.

The best entry point to Te Kuru is from the new carpark located at 600 Cashmere Road.