Spread over eight hectares, Cornwall Park in central Hastings is the district’s oldest and most established park. It is home to the district’s premier cricket ground (see field map below), formal rose garden, the John Holt Memorial Display House, historic trees, the King George V Coronation Monument, the Osmanthus Chinese gardens, picnic areas with tables, and premier playground.
It is a popular venue for outdoor events including Christmas in Cornwall Park, weekly Summer in the Park concerts in January and February, and International Cultures Day.
Playground equipment includes a splash pad, swings, 10m high climbing tower with rope bridges, mini-trampolines, slides and monkey bars.
Public toilets: Yes; closed at night
The entrances to the park are off Tomoana Rd, Cornwall Rd and Roberts St.
Maintenance and development programmes for this park are governed by the Cornwall Park Reserve Management Plan
Cornwall Park is a Green Flag Award-winning park. A Green Flag is an international mark of quality awarded to parks and reserves. There are 27 criteria against which they are judged, including management plans, community consultation and engagement processes, environmental and sustainability practices, horticultural management and succession planning, safety, and how accessible and welcoming they are to their communities. They are judged each year to ensure the parks are being consistently improved and continue to meet the needs of their communities.
These questions inspired two local artists’ joint idea for a discovery area for children and whānau to explore, in Cornwall Park’s native garden.
Linda Bruce, a tutor at Hawke’s Bay’s EIT Ideaschool, submitted the idea for a discovery area focused on bringing together history, arts, cultural, ecology and landscape during the Cornwall Park Reserve Management Plan review in 2019.
She and Susan Mabin, a self-employed artist with a masters degree from EIT Ideaschool, have spent the past year creating sculptural artworks around these concepts and are now installing them.
The installation juxtaposes real and imagined, ancient and contemporary, arts and science.
Ancient fossils buried within geological strata, flora and fauna indigenous to Aotearoa, and the symbolism of turtles, have inspired the artists’ design concepts.
Mixed in are hybrid creations of imagined things and embedded detritus of the contemporary age, creating a wonderland of tactile and visual experiences to explore.
The sculptors have created the works using known art materials of clay, concrete, wood, metal and resin. They have also incorporated recycled and repurposed materials: a mix of natural and manmade found objects.
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