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Meet in the Middle: be part of celebrating the partial opening of Te Ara Otakaro

Thursday, August 17, 2017   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: event, Community Groups, walking

Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON).The Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON) are planning to hold a community event called "Meet in the Middle" to celebrate and promote the partial opening of Te Ara Ōtākaro - the Avon Trail - in October. By this time there will be a serviceable ‘interim’ transitional path from Barbadoes Street to Pages Road.

Date and Time: Sunday 15th October 2017, from 10.30am to 3pm.

This date has been chosen because it is:

  • the final weekend of the Breeze Walking Festival. Meet in the Middle is one of the featured walks!
  • the start of the Cycling Congress in Christchurch and can be incorporated in Biketober celebrations.
  • possible to include a multi-code regatta at Kerrs Reach as part of the event. There are precedents for this in the Spring River Festivals of 2012 and 2013.
  • the end of Mental Health Week.
  • the start of Heritage Week and Conservation Week.
  • the last weekend of the school holidays.

The ‘Meet in the Middle’ concept is an invitation to the communities of Christchurch to join treks on foot or bike from either end of the trail. This might be starting at the Clock Tower in New Brighton or on the northern bank opposite Margaret Mahy playground in the city, and meeting in the middle at Kerrs Reach for a grand family fun day and regatta. The Mayor has been approached to lead one of the treks. Other VIPs  - perhaps a sports personality or two - are being enlisted to lead communities from the other end.

FInd out more about the Meet in the Middle Event.

How you can be involved in Meet in the Middle

At the main venue there will be opportunities for organisations to have stalls. Sport Canterbury will be running activities for kids, and there will be a riverside stage with live music alongside the inter-code regatta on the water.

Contact Evan Smith from the Avon-Ōtākaro Network if you wish to register an interest in becoming involved in any way (evan.smith[at]

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