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. View the opening hours on this page of our website.
Accessibility: Cornwall Park is one of the premier parks in Hastings District with a particular focus on accessibility in and around the park. Council has recently opened the first Changing Places Bathroom in Hawke’s Bay and only the 6th one in New Zealand. Changing Places Bathrooms are places for people with multiple or complex disabilities where they can get changed in a safe and clean environment. It includes toilet, showering and changing facilities. Access to Changing Places facilities is restricted to only those that need them. To register as a Changing Places member, visit: www.changingplaces.org.nz/become-a-member.
The playground itself offers a number of play opportunities for disabled users e.g. ramps, ground level interactive panels, use of high contrast colours for low vision users, high backed swings, a wheelchair swing, carousels that are directly accessible by wheelchair or transfer etc.
Entrances: 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.
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