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Cornwall Park Playground Upgrade

The transformation of the Cornwall Park plaground will begin in July 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-December. Play features for all ages and abilities are proposed as well as the provision of new amenities including toilets, shelter, furniture and drinking fountain.

Cornwall Park is a high profile park, serving as both a passive park and premier sportsfield.  It serves the local community and the wider district by proving an extensive area for recreation, which includes a children’s playground, bird aviary, Display House, formal gardens, Osmanthus Gardens, as well as providing facilities for premier cricket.   The Park as a whole has an English village green environment, with a number of mature trees, some of which date back to the 1920s when the park was first established.

Planned upgrade to the playground

The transformation of the playground in what is one of the district’s three premier parks, alongside Havelock North Village Green and Flaxmere Park, reflects Hastings District Council’s commitment to investing in our public spaces for our residents and their visitors. It’s part of the wider adopted Reserve Management Plan for improving this much –loved historically significant park.

The adopted design of the new playground respects the surrounding environment; highlighting the theme of water and oak trees, without impacting or encroaching on any historic features.   Play features for all ages and abilities are proposed as well as the provision of new amenities including toilets, shelter, furniture and drinking fountain.  In order to make optimal use of the existing site, and improve accessibility and integration with the former tea kiosk building.

Works will be within the existing footprint of the playground, and will involve the removal and replacement of all the existing equipment (with the exception of the Splash Pad). The Liberty Swing will be relocated to Frimley Park. The central feature within the playground is an acorn tower with connecting rope structures and slides.  The 10m height of the structure allows users to be up in the trees looking down on the playground below.  Other features include a flying fox; junior play area, raised mounds, swings, monkey bars, slides and spinners.     

Work on the playground will start on Monday 1 July 2019 and is expected to be complete by mid-December, ready for summer fun.

Ongoing updates

We have installed a live camera that will be recording work as it happens so watch this space for regular updates as the work progresses.

What's involved?

The projects will require both of the areas to be fenced off, as heavy machinery will be needed to complete the work. To reduce noise impact on the park’s neighbours, the hours of work will be restricted to 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday inclusive. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the work may cause.

Pedestrian access to the unaffected areas of the park will be maintained.

We appreciate your patience your patience whilst these improvements take place.
If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the Project Manager, Tony McHannigan on 871 5000.

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Proposed playground concept plan

Proposed Playground Concept Plan


Cornwall Park playground upgrade progressing well

Cornwall Park playground upgrade progressing well

The Cornwall Park playground redevelopment is fast taking shape with the installation of new play equipment, including the large 10m high acorn tower, and splash pad features well underway.

27 September 2019

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Cornwall Park playground upgrade work begins

Cornwall Park playground upgrade work begins

Work has begun transforming Cornwall Park’s playground with new state-of-the-art features, making it one of the premier destination playgrounds in the district.

5 July 2019

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