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Mayor officially opens City Mall

17 December 2009

Mayor officially opens City Mall

The revitalisation of City Mall is complete and the new-look pedestrian and shopping precinct was officially opened today by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.

Work started on Project City Mall in August 2007 with the aim of creating a more attractive, vibrant city centre for the public to enjoy. The two-year project to bring life back to City Mall has been a success, receiving positive feedback from retailers and the general public.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says the renovation of City Mall is a key component of the Council's strategy to revitalise the Central City.

"The revitalisation of the Central City pedestrian mall was more than just a repaving project. It included an overhaul of the entire space, including the development of recreation and events areas, more plantings, new street furniture, improved lighting, public artworks and the removal of two air bridges.

"Already we have seen a difference in City Mall, with more people coming into town to enjoy the area and businesses feeling the benefits. Our plans to bring more activity to the Central City, boost business and entice more residents will continue this work.

"Project City Mall is a key milestone for our Central City Revitalisation Strategy, which aims to strengthen, grow and enhance the heart of our city to ensure the city as a whole continues to prosper. The strategy reflects this Council's commitment to renew and revive the heart of our community"


* Horse-drawn tram in City Mall

The official opening of City Mall will include the operation of a horse-drawn historic tram along tracks laid in the mall. Christchurch's Central City Business Association will be offering tram rides to the public for a gold coin donation in City Mall for the week following 17 December.


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