Anzac Drive Memorial – Francis Vallance 2010

What/who was there? 

The Avon Loop is a historic riverside community with a strong cultural heritage Ngāi Tahu and English settlers first did business along the river in the 1850s.

What is the significance?   

The Avon Loop has been a residential pocket in the bend of the Ōtākaro-Avon River since the 1800s. However, post-earthquake, the area was red-zoned and subsequently, housing was removed. Nevertheless, community guardianship has remained in the Loop through a strong sense of community, fostered by groups like the Avon Loop Planning Association. These groups preserve and enhance the area by aiding redevelopment and restoration co-ordinating community activities. The Avon Loop Cottage facilitates meetings, workshops, and community events.

Anzac Drive Memorial – Francis Vallance 2010

What is the future? 

Additional amenities include a pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, a boardwalk, a canoe/kayak ramp, new lighting, and ongoing native planting.