The transformation of Ebbett Park began in July 2020 and is due for completion by early November 2020. The upgrade includes a new playground, as well as new amenities such as a toilet, additional seating, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a new off street car parking area off Gordon Road.
Ebbett Park is a local community park which is widely known for its mature trees and is a popular dog walking space.
Construction works for the new playground, toilet and carpark was completed at the end of October 2020.
The playground was officially opened on the 28 October 2020 by mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, two of George and Eliza Ebbett’s great-great grandchildren and senior members of Ebbett Park School. In addition to the great-great grandchildren, there were also a large number of Ebbett family members in attendance at the event who had fond memories of the park before it was donated to the citizens of Hastings.
The event gave Council and the community the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Ebbett family for their incredible gift to the community and the wonderful memories it has given people over the years and will no doubt continue to do so. The construction of the new toilet and drinking fountain was requested by Eliza and George Ebbett as part of the original gifting deed back in 1927.
It was also an opportunity to thank the large number of contractors who had worked on the Ebbett Park upgrade over the past four months to have the project ready in time for summer.
Hawke's Bay Girl Guides were on hand with a warm drink in the hall, while the kids were queuing to have their face painted. The Council community and safety teams' sausage sizzle was popular too on what turned out to be an unseasonably cool day.
It was wonderful to see the kids enjoying the new playground despite the weather, and Council has received some wonderful feedback from other community groups who have since visited the park following the opening and thoroughly enjoyed the new play space.
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