Flaxmere’s latest public park upgrade will aim to improve the health and fitness of those living in the Hastings suburb.
A set of gym and fitness equipment has been installed at Flaxmere Park, similar to the piece that has proved popular at Hastings Queen’s Square. The initiative was a project by Health Hawke’s Bay – Te Oranga Hawke’s Bay and the Hastings District Council.
Health Hawke’s Bay chief executive Phillip Grant said the new gym-style exercise equipment would give Flaxmere people the opportunity to “keep fit and have fun”. “It is well known that exercise and good nutrition are the keys to good health and that leads to a more enjoyable and productive life,” he said.
Flaxmere councillor Jacoby Poulain said free access to exercise equipment in a safe, pleasant environment would make it easier for people to “get fit and stay fit”.
“The new equipment will be extremely useful to those who are just thinking about starting an exercise regime or anyone who is looking for some variety in their routine.”
Fellow Flaxmere councillor Henare O’Keefe said it would help the overall plan to improve the health of “everyone in our community”.
“It is now up to the community to take ownership of this new equipment and ensure it is looked after and becomes part of the family focus which is being brought to the park.”
The equipment included 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 Flaxmere Park upgrade included the construction of a Splash Pad, a new toilet block, a new carparking area and cycle and walking paths around the park.