The transformation of Ebbett Park began in July 2020 and is due for completion by early November 2020. The upgrade includes a new playground, as well as new amenities such as a toilet, additional seating, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a new off street car parking area off Gordon Road.
Ebbett Park is a local community park which is widely known for its mature trees and is a popular dog walking space.
The park, which was gifted to Council in 1924 by Eliza Maud Ebbett, was named after her husband George Ebbett. There is a small ageing playground at the centre of the park and some tennis courts at the northern end of the park. There are various buildings located on the park which are utilised by GirlGuides NZ and a local community trust.
The planned upgrade of the park reflects Hastings District Council’s commitment to investing in our public spaces for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
The management of the park, including projects such as the playground upgrade, are governed by the Raureka Parks Reserve Management Plan which was adopted by Council in February 2019.
Council collated the ideas and thoughts shared by the local community, park users and local students from Ebbett Park School to help develop the approved playground plan for the park. The design reflects the surrounding natural woodland character of the park and offers a fun playful space for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to the playground upgrade, Council is also installing new park furniture and a new toilet and carpark (off Gordon Road) so park users can enjoy the new revitalised space.
Works will be undertaken in the centre of the park near the main pathway between Gordon and Oliphant Roads. It will involve the removal and replacement of all the existing equipment and will feature a new custom timber tower with a junior and senior slide. Other features include monkey bars, a climbing spinner and swings as well as new seating and landscaping.
Work on the upgrade started early July 2020 and is due for completion early November, ready for summer fun.
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