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New Gap Filler projects in the central city

Tuesday, July 22, 2014   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: Community development, earthquake recovery, community gardens, Community Groups

On the former Durham Street site of the Crown Plaza, there’s a gap to fill again now that the Pallet Pavilion has been deconstructed. With most of the pavilion’s materials returned to their former uses or sent on to new ones, Gap Filler is further developing the site, called The Commons.

Gap Filler Director and Co-founder Coralie Winn says the site will soon feature a landscaped grassed area, seating and a demonstration rain-garden. She says a Food Collective is taking shape that is sure to gain momentum as the weather improves.

Lonnie Hutchinson’s artwork, I Like Your Form, created for the Festival of Transitional Architecture will be installed for six weeks in the Arcades project by mid-July. Coralie Winn says further such projects are planned for spring and summer this year.

“Gap Filler hopes The Commons will be home to a range of projects, organisations and events as well as providing ample volunteer opportunities. We are keen to hear from people and organisations who would like to propose something for the site.”

Gap Golf, Christchurch’s mini-golf course that stretches across the central city, will welcome a new hole on High Street this winter. Other Gap Filler projects – such as RAD Bikes, the Dance-O-Mat and Sound Garden – are out there for discovery in various vacant sites in the city, says Coralie Winn.

Gap Filler has also been busy in the education space of late as more schools take an interest in exploring the transitional city. Linwood College, Waitakiri, Westburn and Beckenham schools have taken Gap Filler field trips in recent months.

Find out more about The Commons and how you can get involved.

Visit The Commons Facebook page.

Find out more about Gap Filler projects or download the Gap Map App.

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