The new Riccarton community centre is set to open on Monday 16 December 2019.

Artist impression of the Riccarton Community Centre

Although the familiar, well-used Riccarton Community Centre building on Clarence Street has now been sold, the Service Centre is still operating from there until it eventually relocates to the new community facility.

Local rūnanga have gifted the Māori name Rārākau to the centre in recognition of the local native bush area.

The new facility will be formally known as Rārākau: Riccarton Centre.

The two-storey centre – with a floor area of 760 square metres – in Clarence Street replaces the earthquake-damaged building on the former Christchurch City Council site next door.

An opening ceremony will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 17 December.

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