The Cornwall Park playground redevelopment is fast taking shape with the installation of new play equipment, including the large 10m high acorn tower, and splash pad features well underway.
The playground makeover is part of the wider Reserve Management Plan for Cornwall Park, one of the district’s premier and much-loved parks.
Work on the upgrade began in July this year and progress has been steady, with more than half the playground equipment now in place, and work on track to be completed by mid-December.
The plan is to introduce a number of features to the playground including a flying fox, extra splash pad features, more swings, a junior play area, monkey bars, slides, a tunnel, trampolines, spinners and more.
The area will be landscaped to fit into and respect the surrounding landscape and pick up on the water and oak tree features, at the same time leaving space for the existing historic elements.
New toilets, shade sails, furniture and a drinking fountain are also being installed.
Progress to date includes: the completion of safety surfacing on the Splash Pad, two new water features in place, sewerage system installed and construction started on new toilet, and the shade sail poles installed.
Work on building the recycled concrete seating to match the heritage stone seats began this week.
A lot of material is being introduced to the site.
About 976m2 of pour ‘n play safety surfacing, the equivalent of almost four tennis courts, will be laid. This surfacing is made of recycled used tyres – about 7320 tyres have been recycled to produce the safety surfacing for Cornwall Park.
In addition, more than 80m3 of concrete will be placed on-site during construction.
Hastings district councillor and parks and reserves portfolio holder Ann Redstone says it’s exciting to see things moving so quickly.
“You can start to see how the finished playground is going to look and there’s something for everyone. This will be a great addition to our city this summer.”
This development reflects the council’s commitment to investing in the district’s public spaces and will bring Cornwall Park in line with the premier upgrades that have happened at Havelock North Village Green and Flaxmere Park.
Photo: The tube slide was being added to the “Acorn Village” tower this week.
27 September 2019
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