Many ideas for Cornwall Park

Hastings Leader - - News -

Peo­ple took the op­por­tu­nity to share their views about the fu­ture of Cornwall Park at an in­for­ma­tion event at the park re­cently.

Hast­ings District Coun­cil had in­for­ma­tion and answered questions dur­ing the two-hour ses­sion, part of the cur­rent con­sul­ta­tion on the Draft Cornwall Park Man­age­ment Plan.

Cov­er­ing 8.3ha, Cornwall Park is one of Hast­ings’ old­est and most es­tab­lished parks, rich in cul­ture and her­itage.

Be­cause of the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion the park makes to the com­mu­nity, the 10-year plan iden­ti­fies a size­able fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment to be made in the land­scape — in­clud­ing new and en­hanced walk­ways and the restora­tion and en­hance­ment of the duck pond and stream.

In ad­di­tion there are pro­pos­als for an en­hanced chil­dren’s play­ground and new toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

Hast­ings mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst said it was won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple tak­ing an in­ter­est in the Cornwall Park up­grade.

“It is loved by the com­mu­nity for many events — from fam­i­lies hold­ing their own birth­day and Christ­mas par­ties to the many con­certs hosted in the park.

And it has many vis­i­tors ev­ery day.

“This plan pro­vides a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress how we can add more play equip­ment and make im­prove­ments to our com­mu­nity’s ex­pe­ri­ence at Cornwall Park.”

Mem­bers of the group Friends of Cornwall Park, whose motto is “pre­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing the beauty, his­tory and iconic sta­tus of Cornwall Park, Hast­ings” were among those who headed along on Satur­day to find out more about the draft plan.

The group’s found­ing co­or­di­na­tor Ma­rina Dins­dale said a lot of the mem­bers, about 105 in to­tal, at­tended and she un­der­stood that over­all they were happy with the draft plan’s con­tents and di­rec­tion.

“There’s a gen­eral feeling that the coun­cil has lis­tened to us.

“There might be a few tweaks here and there — but on the whole they have fol­lowed what was called for in the orig­i­nal sub­mis­sions to re­store the park to its for­mer glory, par­tic­u­larly in terms of its plants and birdlife.”

She added that ev­ery­one, with­out ex­cep­tion, was pleased that the coun­cil was not go­ing to change the his­toric walk­ways, such as fill­ing in part of the stream, as was in the orig­i­nal pro­posed plans.

Copies of the plan can be viewed at the Hast­ings District Coun­cil build­ing, Hast­ings, Flaxmere and Have­lock North pub­lic li­braries and on the coun­cil web­site’s Cornwall Park Con­sul­ta­tion page.

The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, 2019 and a hear­ing will be sched­uled in March 2019.

Peo­ple at the con­sul­ta­tion day to find out more about the draft man­age­ment plan for Cornwall Park

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