Down by the river

watermark A boardwalk, new seats, lights and new planting are evidence of the redevelopment of Te Papa Ōtākaro/ Avon River Precinct. The first stage is now officially open after a ceremony which featured the Minister for Christchurch Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, and Tuahiwi School.

kidsWatermark, the first section of Te Papa Ōtākaro to open, spans the river’s true left bank between Antigua Boatsheds and Montreal Street and provides a glimpse of how other River Precinct elements could look. Stemming from over 100,000 community suggestions via the ‘Share an Idea’ campaign, Watermark aims to deliver on aspirations for a green city centre and align with the broad design principles of Te Papa Ōtākaro.

The construction of Watermark involved a slight narrowing of the river, with landscaping and re-contouring to shape the new space. Walkways and seating areas have been improved, while boardwalks, new street furniture, and lighting have been added. Some trees were pruned to improve the canopy, though no large trees have been removed.