A new Hornby library, customer services, and recreation and sport centre is planned for the growing south-west community.

Vision for the new Hornby Library, Customer Services, South West Leisure Centre

With more than 12,000 new homes expected in Christchurch’s south-west by 2044, the Council has approved a $35.7 million budget for facilities to serve the growing population. It's hoped to begin construction in early 2021, for a late 2022 opening.

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Update: 18 April 2019

There has been a good response to the consultation regarding the use of part of Kyle Park to build the new Hornby Library, Customer Services and Leisure Centre.

The Council received more than 180 submissions on the reclassification and Management Plan change proposals, with 157 in favour and 23 opposing the proposal. Eight submitters have indicated that they want to speak in support of their submissions.

A Hearings Panel will be convened in June to consider all of the submissions and make a recommendation to the community board around the end of July.

Update: 29 March 2019

The Council will begin groundwater and landfill gas testing at Kyle Park, the site of an old landfill, from 1 April.

Four bore holes will be drilled into the ground to allow testing equipment to be installed, with landfill gas and groundwater quality to be monitored over the next 12 months.

Testing will assess the gas generation from the former landfill; providing information for the future management of the park, assisting in the design of any future buildings and informing resource consent applications.

Landfill gas occurs when organic rubbish decomposes and is common on old landfills around the city and elsewhere. Any gas at Kyle Park is currently dispersed in the wide open spaces by the wind.

Consultation on proposed changes to the use of Kyle Park is currently underway, with the public having until Monday 15 April to make submissions on the proposed changes.

Make a submission or find more information at Have Your Say.(external link)

In December 2018, Councillors approved the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board’s recommendation backing Kyle Park as the preferred location.