There has been a long and slow process of public consultation for ideas of future use for the area, with its fair share of controversy, but Regenerate Christchurch has just released an interesting public display explaining their latest vision. I live on the upper outside of the Horseshoe Lake Reach loop shown in orange.
Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Exhibition can be seen online at:
Further northeast of us the new QE2 Park has been rebuilt to replace the old one that was lost in the earthquakes. The new place is more for the locals and another international facility will be built in the central city area.
QE2 was once the jewel of Christchurch's east, a multi-purpose sports facility built to host the 1974 Commonwealth Games.
The new QE2 features a 130-metre long blue hydroslide, a 25-metre lap pool, a leisure pool with a lazy river, a learn-to-swim pool, a hydrotherapy pool, a spa, a steam room, a sauna, a fitness centre and café.Might be time to go swimming again - although, with the recent chlorination of our water, it has put me off the constant smell of bleach :( .... we always had perfect water - but some areas have really noticed the treatment.
It's kitted out with the latest technology, including a rising floor in the main lap pool which cost about $1m.
And adjacent to QE2, two high schools will relocated to their new shared campus... I drove past all these today while taking Poppy to North New Brighton beach for some winter sun. The campus looks enormous!
It has been a hectic few months. Liam turned 30, and with his partner, Laura recently moved to the UK for a while and are living in London. James and Jess passed through there this week and were able to have a catch-up and meet my other mother.... their grandmother. A very emotional feeling for me - and it was lovely to see some photos of them all together at Greenwich Market. Weird they get to meet her before I do. She has been able to create discs of the recordings of her performing over the years and I have been enjoying exploring the songs... she has a wonderful voice! So glad I can hear it for myself.
We took some lovely pictures before Liam left - a photo shoot was my present from them all for my recent milestone, and we took the chance to do it to celebrate Liam's birthday, before he left the country. It was a lovely late summer evening in March.
We miss Dad terribly, and I wish we had been able to do these while he was still with us, but at least I have these lovely photos of my wonderful family taken in Mum's garden. xxx