20 February, 2014
River of Flowers
On the third anniversary of the 22 February earthquake Cantabrians will once again have the opportunity to share their experiences and hopes for the future as part of the River of Flowers commemoration.
Michelle Whitaker, from Healthy Christchurch, says the River of Flowers provides a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and share their experiences and hopes for the future.
“A unique feature of the River of Flowers is that it is driven by each local community, and this year community groups will be hosting 15 sites,” Ms Whitaker says.
In addition, people attending the Civic Memorial Service at the Botanical Gardens will also have the opportunity to participate at the River of Flowers site on the Avon River at the conclusion of the service
On Saturday 22nd February 2014 Cantabrians will be able to throw flowers at various sites along the Avon, Heathcote and Liffey rivers, and at the estuary. Sites will be open from 8am to 8pm, and hosted by community groups between 12.30-1.30pm. Two minutes silence will be held at 12:51pm.
Evan Smith from the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) says the River of Flowers has struck a chord with Cantabrians.
“Over the last two years thousands have taken part to reflect, connect, and look to the future.With the third anniversary falling on a Saturday we anticipate even higher levels of participation as more people come together to celebrate our strength,” Mr Smith says.
People are asked to bring their own flowers and notes to tie onto the Trees of Hope.
|Beckenham Park||Riverbank.||Beckenham Neighbourhood Association|
|Botanic Gardens (1 to 1.30pm)||Footbridge between the Hospital and the Peace Bell||2014 Festival of Flowers, Mental Health Foundation and Christchurch City Council|
|Memorial Mini Park||Corner of New Brighton and Lake Terrace Roads||Burwood Christian Centre|
|Kerrs Reach||Between the boat sheds||Avon Otakaro Network|
|Estuary||Yacht Club Car Park, Moncks Bay||Christchurch Yacht Club|
|Heathcote River||Riverbank opposite The Princess Margaret Hospital||Canterbury District Health Board|
|Ilam||On the riverbank in front of the University of Canterbury Students' Association Building||Canterbury University|
|Lincoln||Lincoln Township on the banks of the River Liffey||Lincoln and Districts Community Care Association Inc.|
|Medway Street Foot Bridge||SW bank on River Road||Avon Otakaro Network|
|New Brighton||Owles Terrace Reserve||River of Life and Renew Brighton|
|O-Tautahi - The Bricks||Barbadoes Street bridge||Avon Loop Planning Association|
|Riccarton Bush||River Bank between Kahu Road and Riccarton House||Rebuild Christchurch and Canterbury University|
|South New Brighton||Boat Ramp at the South Brighton Domain||South Brighton Residents Association|
|Wainoni Methodist Church||878 Avonside Drive (Methodist Church opposite Porritt Park)||Wainoni/Avonside Community Services Trust|
|Wainoni/ Aranui||Riverbank across Anzac Drive opposite Eureka Street||Canterbury District Health Board|
|Woolston Radley Park||Radley Park near the south end of the Catherine Street footbridge||Woolston Community Centre|
For more information go to www.healthychristchurch.org.nz