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
31 July 2014


Ever been looking for something and missed seeing it?  That's the case when I recently discovered these toilets.  Yes, it is a toilet block, one of two, on Marine Parade.  I'd driven past so many times but it wasn't until I came at it from a perpendicular road that I saw it head-on.


Even close-up you struggle to consider it an outhouse, despite the toilet signs high above the doors.

It's located at the southern end of the car park, after the Skate Park, and before the now-closed Marineland.


Did you notice the building from our second Marine Parade post in this series; and the Sound Shell on the left from our first post. This painted panorama is an 180 degree mural from the northern end.



This building below depicts the Masonic Hotel opposite the Sound Shell.  

Had the artist completed the remaining semi-circle view it may have captured the Art Deco centre and the MTG (Museum, Theatre and Gallery) too.



This second public restroom is adjacent to the children's playground which we will profile in Marine Parade V - both great places for families visiting Napier to know about.


Hawke's Bay
24 July 2014


Between the Par 2 mini golf course and the outdoor skate rink on Marine Parade, Napier lies the Sunken Gardens - a compact courtyard-like space with manicured grass and paved paths.



Strangely this is the one place where there is no view of the sea - just a row of tall trees along the beach side and the road on the other.   A scene of the ocean would be the perfect complement to this back-to-nature spot on the Parade.



It's not a Zen garden, nor a sculpture garden.  There is no discernible theme; not native; and a lot of concreted area.  It is more like everyone's backyard in the middle of the city with many of the local businesses and hairdressing training students across the road utilising it for their breaks and outdoor space.  Sometimes it can be noisy due to the skate rink public address system too, but it would be a pleasant enough place to spend the time if the weather were fine and you were waiting for family members to finish there or at the mini golf.




Hawke's Bay