Up­graded play­ground

Hastings Leader - - News -

The Hugh Lit­tle Park play­ground in Flaxmere has been up­graded and was of­fi­cially opened to a large crowd of chil­dren and adults last Fri­day.

Sit­u­ated off Mon­trose Street in Flaxmere East, the play­ground was due for re­newal as the equip­ment that was first in­stalled in 1976 had reached the end of its use­ful life.

Two con­sul­ta­tions on the fu­ture of the play­ground and what it would look like were held in March this year.

The com­mu­nity was given de­signs to choose from and the one with the most votes was im­ple­mented.

While the pre­vi­ous play­ground had only three ac­tiv­i­ties, the new play­ground has el­e­ments of the pre­vi­ous one, with ad­di­tional climb­ing and slid­ing equip­ment, and a mega swing.

There is also a multi­goal to prac­tice both rugby and soc­cer kicks and passes.

The area is sur­rounded by a cir­cu­lar foot­path, which gives young scooter rid­ers an off-road path, and gar­dens and trees have been planted to beau­tify the area and pro­vide shade in the fu­ture.

Flaxmere coun­cil­lors Ja­coby Poulain and Henare O’Keefe at­tended the open­ing and Ja­coby says she was de­lighted to see the park up and run­ning.

“It has taken a lot of plan­ning by coun­cil and I know the com­mu­nity has been look­ing for­ward to its open­ing. The park is sit­u­ated among a res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion, which in­cludes many chil­dren. I am sure it will be well utilised and I hope it brings much joy and hap­pi­ness to our chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.”

At the same time as the con­sul­ta­tion, the com­mu­nity was asked for its views on the Sun­der­land Drive Re­serve play­ground. This is due to open soon, and will also fea­ture dif­fer­ent play el­e­ments.

Late last week a new bas­ket swing was in­stalled at Es­sex Cres­cent Re­serve in Whakatu — the first stage of a big­ger plan to up­grade the green space to be more fam­ily-friendly.

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