28 August 2014

So you've cycled up some of Marine Parade perhaps and continued around the Port north-bound.  You will eventually come to this playground and another of Rotary's community projects - the older children's metal-framed play place in Ahuriri.  

Many people use this walkway with their pooches, via pedal power, jogging, pushing a pram or just strolling; and it's not hard to see why.  You have a view and the sound of the gently pounding ocean, as well as the mountains in the distance.



Next door to the older children's play area (photo below) is one for the younger ones with the usual swings, see-saws, slides, as well as climbing frames, monkey bars, and merry-go-rounds.






The 14 years and older children's metal play yard.



While there is a low stone wall separating the playgrounds from the pathway and roads, there is just the path on the seaward side.  Water seems to hold some sort of magnetism for our younger children in particular so you may find yourself having to play 'goalie' on the path to keep yours in the playground and stop them from racing down the banks too - just saying.


Look at the snow on those hills, on a bright sunny winter's day - simply stunning.



Seagulls are almost synonymous with the beach, and hearing them inland reminds you we are surrounded by water still.  Quite cheekily they will often walk right up to you at a picnic table and start swalking for what you are eating.  We don't find them a nuisance - they're just characters; and they will scatter if you shoo them away.



Thanks to all the folks of the Rotary Club of Ahuriri for focussing on the community and bringing it together through play & recreation.


Hawke's Bay
14 August 2014

Remember in our second Marine Parade post I spoke of the seaward pathway that ran alongside the places profiled, well that is part of a Rotary project, and our final post in this series wouldn't be complete without paying homage to the good works they have done in the community.

Not only does this cycle and pathway run from Awatoto in the south to Napier Port in the north, but it continues around past the port to Ahuriri too.

Here is one last north to south tour of Marine Parade.


The beginning of the track by the surf club and before Ocean Spa (a commercial pool facility).



Just one aspect of the views - this one's at the playground.



The Junior bike track, coffee cart and Danish ice cream stand (not pictured) are south of the playground.



A sculpture, Ecliptic, by David Trubridge, which in my mind looks like the Stargate is south of the junior bike track.  You can just begin to see the tip of Cape Kidnappers on the far right.  Further on from this is the National Aquarium.



There are several shaded picnic areas (some with bbq) which would be a great place for families to meet especially in summer.  The children could cycle or kick around a ball or do whatever they wanted on the expansive green spaces; while the adults enjoyed each others company.  It should be noted that the beach is not a swimming beach.  The sea floor of the beach was greatly altered by the 1931 earthquake and now there is a very dangerous rip.  Another reason for the cycle and pathway - to encourage people to use that and go no further onto the stony shores.



Out on it's lonesome at the southern end is the Gilray Fountain.  Recently recast and re-installed it continues to be a solitary place to sit; or if you are game to kick off your heels - to wade around in the water at the base.



Further south is the council dumping station, toilet block & car park, in case you were looking for that.  You are allowed to stay for one night at no charge only though, as the general council policy is against freedom camping in their backyard.

Hawke's Bay
07 August 2014

A playground speaks for itself.  You only have to have children to know what fascination a new place brings and how they can get lost for hours exploring.  Marine Parade playground is no exception.  We have been here many times and each keeps getting better.  The space is now divided up for little children, and older children; and includes lots of picnic facilities, a water fountain and bbqs.  There is an adjacent toilet block, danish ice cream stand and coffee cart between the playground and the junior cycle park. Oh, and the view!!  What more could you want?



[Photograph taken and used with express permission of parent.]






Hawke's Bay