The Area Today
Within close proximity of the Prestons development is Christchurch’s largest Wetlands Reserve – Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park. Traditionally the Wetlands were a mahinga kai (resource gathering area) used by Ngāi Tahu. The land was harvested for its abundant supply of fish, eel, kereru and other wildlife, while harakeke (flax) was used for weaving cothing, baskets and other items.
In 1996 the Travis Wetland Trust lobbied the Christchurch City Council to purchase the land. Today the Wetlands are home to a range of wildlife and native plants that were previously thought to be extinct from the area. The Park also boasts a popular walking track that will be accessible to all Prestons’ residents.
The nature of the Prestons community compliments and adds value to the traditionally rich landscape of the area. Value has been added to the historical and environmental importance of the area through the sustainable development and inclusion of parks and greenspace.
Marshlands School is proud and excited to be part of the Prestons subdivision and will open its doors on the 3rd February 2016. Marshlands school has a decile rating of 7.
The current roll is 285 with the maximum roll for stage one having the capacity of 400. Stage 2 will be commencing in February 2016 which will increase the capacity to 500 pupils. Ultimately Marshlands school will cater for 650 students at the end of the development.
The wider community also includes a selection of quality early learning and secondary schools including Shirley Boys High School and Avonside Girls High School. The planned routes within the subdivision will provide the opportunity for public transport to directly connect with these existing educational facilities.
Sport & Recreation
The Waitikiri and Bottle Lake 18-hole golf courses bound the site to the north eastern corner and link the site to the major recreation reserve, Bottle Lake Forest Park. This reserve is home to many native wild life, flora and fauna. The Park also boasts popular recreations tracks for all ages and levels of fitness including mountain-bike tracks, horse-trekking trails and walking tracks.