William Nelson Park is a popular inner city park that includes plenty of grass for picnicking and relaxing, a playground and a skate plaza.
The skatepark has been designed to provide a challenge for skateboarders, in-line bladers and BMXers, while also being accessible for less confident users. Given it is such a busy space, the park is overseen by park guardians, based in a kiosk on site from midday to 9pm, seven days a week.
The playground has climbing frames and swings.
In 2014, William Nelson Park shared the New Zealand Recreation Association Outstanding Project award which recognises the excellence, innovation and effectiveness of a recreation project. Hastings District Council was named a finalist in the Local Government Awards for this project.
Public toilets: Yes; closed at night
The entrances to the reserve are off King St North, Avenue Rd West, and St Aubyn St West.
Maintenance and development programmes for this park are governed by the District Wide Reserve Management Plan.
300 St Aubyn St W, Hastings, 4122
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