Christchurch City Council says redevelopment of marine and recreation areas at Naval Point – Te Nukutai o Tapoa is continuing at pace, with work currently underway on several sites.
A six-week upgrade of power, internet and water services started last week and is expected to take until late February to complete, ahead of the SailGP event on March 23-24.
“This upgrade will support the next stages of the redevelopment, including the new Coastguard Canterbury building and new changing facilities at the Lyttelton Recreation Ground,” said Council Community Parks Manager, Al Hardy.
“Traffic management will be in place and there may be some restrictions, however every effort will be made to maintain public access. We’d like to thank the community for their patience while this work is completed.”
Meanwhile, the Lyttleton Recreation Ground redevelopment has entered stage two with the western side now being relevelled and sown with new turf. This work involves removing the topsoil and laying down 200mm of gravel and sand before returning the topsoil and sowing new grass seed.
The eastern side of the ground, nearest Godley Quay, was completed before Christmas and the new turf is growing in well. The grounds are on track to reopen ahead of winter 2024. Once both sections have been relevelled, the new multisport zone will be built with two new hard courts and an artificial training ground.
Removal of the Magazine Bay Marina also finished last week week with the last of the steel poles being taken out. One section of the marina has been retained and options for replacing the jumping jetty are being investigated, said Mr Hardy.
“We’re excited that SailGP is returning to Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour once again and we can showcase the latest developments at Naval Point to spectators here and around the world,” he said.
The $27 million Naval Point – Te Nukutai o Tapoa Development Project is running in parallel with the $2 million Lyttelton Recreation Ground redevelopment.