- Hastings, New Zealand
- Councils & Developers
Hastings might be known as the ‘heart of Hawke’s Bay’ but it could definitely be argued that Flaxmere Park is the heart of Hastings thanks to the Hastings District Council’s multi-million-dollar upgrade of the 17-hectare park.
The upgrade, completed in 2019, has ensured Flaxmere Park is a lively sporting and recreation hub for the community now and into the future, with an outdoor events area, cycling and walking tracks, sporting fields and even a nine-hole disc golf course and New Zealand’s first public ki-o-rahi field.
A large, action-packed destination playground was a key element of the Council’s vision for the park and we jumped at the chance to play our part, creating a playground that is an undeniably fun drawcard for locals and visitors alike.
Every destination playground needs its stand-out feature and for Flaxmere Park, that comes in the form of a super-sized climbing net tower.
On weekdays and weekends, the massive 7.4 metre tower is packed with kids challenging themselves and each other to reach for the stars! Adding to the play-fuelled highs in Flaxmere Park is the unique, 2.7 metre octagonal-shaped tower with climbing chimney and tube slide, and Flying Saucer swings. The playground also caters for those that prefer to keep their feet closer to the ground or their hands in the dirt, with an inclusive carousel and a sand play station complete with a Sand Digger.
The big kids (and adults) don’t miss out on the action in this park either. Five outdoor exercise stations dot the tree-lined reserve, creating a fitness circuit for people to burn some extra calories on their run or walk around the park.
All of the equipment in Flaxmere Park has been designed with durability in mind. Made from hardy, weather and vandal resistant materials, it’s tough enough to withstand lots of love and heavy use all year round, year in and year out.
Flaxmere Park was named Active Park of the Year in Recreation Aotearoa’s 2020 New Zealand Parks Awards.