Cash brings splash pad with extras

By Lawrence Gullery

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The new splash pad to be installed as part of a major upgrade of Flaxmere Park will have more features than originally planned.

It's all thanks to a grant from the Trust House Community Enterprise, and support from the Flaxmere Licensing Trust.

Hastings District Council had approved $130,000 to build a basic splash pad with a single above-ground play feature at Flaxmere Park.

During the design phase it become obvious the addition of further play features would increase the attraction of the zero depth water playground but external funding would be required.

Trust House had approved a grant for $21,430, which would allow the installation of a Sky Brella and two wiggly junior play pieces.

These features would complement the hoop tunnel which was included in the original design.

Flaxmere councillor Henare O'Keefe said the splash pad would be another attraction for the suburb's young people.

"It was always going to be a wonderful feature of the upgraded park and being able to include two extra above ground features will make it that much better."

Flaxmere councillor Jacoby Poulain said the community requested the splash pad, similar to the one at Cornwall Park.

"It's awesome that it's about to be installed and I know that it will prove extremely popular for our families and children over summer, especially with the extra play features."

Work on installing the splash pad was scheduled in August with a tentative completion date at the end of October.

A new range of fitness equipment was installed at Flaxmere Park in June.

The equipment includes two exercise options, giving an eight-circuit programme including weights-based and cardiovascular activities, with instructions showing how to use the gear correctly.

The next part of the park upgrade included the splash pad as well as a new toilet block, a new car parking area, and cycle and walking paths around the park.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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