Situated off State Highway 5, four kilometres north of Napier, Eskdale Park is spread over 12hectares next to the Esk River, of which 7ha is available for public use. It has many mature trees providing shade for the playground and picnic tables and a cricket pitch. Playground equipment includes a climbing wall, swings, monkey bars, slides and balancing planks.
The park serves both the local community and wider district by providing an area for general recreation. It is used by the local community, and is popular for day trips, and corporate, school and social gatherings due to its large natural open space, surrounded by large shade trees and river access. Part of the land forming Eskdale Park was generously gifted to the community by Thomas Clark in the 1920s.
Being a popular park for corporate picnics, bookings are essential, especially during weekends and holidays. See the Book a park page.
The domain has a dog off-lead area, along the southern (right-hand side) of the park to the end of the driveway.
Public toilets: Yes
The entrance to the park is from Shaw Road, off St Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd).
Maintenance and development programmes for this reserve are governed by the District Wide Reserve Management Plan.
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