Playground up­date de­lay

Hastings Leader - - News -

It’s nearly sum­mer and with the warmer weather upon us the district’s splash pads are up and run­ning to keep cool over the months ahead.

The splash pads at Corn­wall Park, Flaxmere Park and Kirk­patrick Park were of­fi­cially switched on for Labour week­end, and sub­ject to any po­ten­tial wa­ter re­stric­tions, will re­main on un­til the end of sum­mer.

While the Flaxmere Park splash pad will be op­er­at­ing, the planned up­grade to the Flaxmere Park playground has been de­layed.

It had ini­tially been hoped that the new play equip­ment would be in­stalled and ready for use be­fore Christ­mas.

While the equip­ment had been pur­chased and ground­works to pre­pare the area had be­gun, con­cerns that the

equip­ment would not ar­rive in time, and that there may be de­lays due to the weather, have led to the open­ing date be­ing de­layed un­til Fe­bru­ary next year.

While the new parts of the playground would not be avail­able un­til then, the de­lay has meant the ex­ist­ing playground and splash pad can

be guar­an­teed to be open un­til that time.

The up­grade is part of a $1.2m, 10-year plan for the 17ha park, where com­mu­nity re­quests for the splash pad, new toi­lets, fenc­ing, lighting, car park­ing, pic­nic fur­ni­ture, ex­er­cise sta­tions and a shared walk­ing and cy­cling track have al­ready been com­pleted.

Chil­dren en­joy­ing the splash pad at Flaxmere Park.

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