Parks and Sportsgrounds

HDC maintains all public parks, reserves and sportsgrounds in the district.

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William Nelson Park is one of Hastings' newest inner city parks located on St Aubyn Street, King Street and Avenue Road.

Opened on Sunday 6 October 2013, William Nelson Park includes plenty of grass and seating areas, a children's playground and skatepark.


The Hastings District is home to more than 55 hectares of sports fields, 185 hectares of reserves, 160 hectares of domains, 10 hectares of gardens and shrub beds and some 8000 trees. Read about some of the main parks and gardens the Hastings District has on offer.


The Hastings Reserve Strategy 2006 sets out the Hastings District Council's plans for acquiring and developing parks and reserves over the next 20 years.

The strategy raises minimum levels of service from 4 hectares of reserve space per 1000 people, to 10 hectares per 1000 people. The process of developing the strategy involved thorough consultation.