Plan to revitalise former Christchurch school site

Te Papa Kura Redcliffs Park. Photo: Newsline / CCC
Te Papa Kura Redcliffs Park. Photo: Newsline / CCC
More facilities are being added to Te Papa Kura Redcliffs Park in a bid to revitalise the former school site.

A new toilet block, drinking fountain, signs, furniture, plants and trees are planned for the park after the two sports fields were opened in December 2020 at the old Redcliffs School site.

"We’re getting under way with plans to make this asset an even better space for people to visit," Christchurch City Council head of parks Andrew Rutledge said.

While most of the former school buildings have been demolished, the Mount Pleasant Pottery Club recently took up a lease to use the last remaining building. It will be up and running at the site very soon, Rutledge said.

"We refurbished the existing playground, which has already been put to good use."

The Main Rd park was the site of Redcliffs School from 1907 until the February 22, 2011, earthquake. It was then acquired by the city council after a land swap deal with the Ministry of Education, and the new school at the former Redliffs Park site was opened in June last year.

The new park is next to the Moa Bone Cave, an area of high cultural significance to local iwi, which meant excavation work had to be minimised.

 

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