Eskdale Park - For all people, for all time

$855 donated
Given by 10 generous donors in around 5 months

Raising funds to protect and preserve Eskdale Park, to ensure that the natural green space is not destroyed through commercial activity.

Hawke's Bay

The Hawkes Bay Mountain Bike Club, in conjunction with the Hastings District Council and Pan Pac, developed a plan to take over Eskdale Park as a hub and access point, for the mountain bike trails being re-developed over the river in the Pan Pac forest.

Stage 1 of the plan includes sealed parking for at least 200 vehicles. Two container buildings onsite, one for a café, the other for bike storage. A bike cleaning area. A 100m “pump” track, and a swing bridge across the river.

This was supposed to be completed last year 2020, without any consultation with the public. It has only been halted to date, by the opposition of locals, who now need your support too!

An important fact you may not know is:-

The Mountain Bike Club already has a Hastings District Council issued resource consent, for its’ hub and all requested facilities, secured in May 2020, on council and Pan Pac land just over the bridge on Waipunga Road.

The destruction of the wonderful green space that is Eskdale Park, is not needed for the Mountain Bike Park to go ahead.

We are Friends of Eskdale Park, a non-profit organization formed of locals who are determined to protect and preserve the park.

Please help us protect Eskdale Park!

If you would like to keep up with what is happening, please visit

Use of funds

Printing costs (flyers, etc), advertising to raise awareness, research (digitizing records, ordering historical documents), and legal fees. Any remaining funds will be used on improvements/events at the park.

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Latest update

Thank you all so much!  19 March 2021

It has been a fantastic week and and a bit on here, and we just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for your help.

Printing flyers is so expensive, who knew!

But your donations have covered all of our costs to date, including flyers, advertising, website hosting - and! - gives us so many options from this point on in terms of advocating for the park, raising awareness about the Reserve Management Plan, and for hosting events at the park in the future!

All the best to everyone who has donated and shared this page with others, and we look forward to bringing you more updates about Eskdale Park soon!

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Latest donations

Maggie on 02 Apr 2021
Keep eskdale park green and peaceful
Victoria on 30 Mar 2021
Sad that genuine long-term park users have to fight the council to continue to enjoy this beautiful well kept public facility. Shame on you Pan Pac
Otis on 19 Mar 2021
My favourite walking park
Helma on 17 Mar 2021
A treasure as it is for future generations 🌳🌲🌳
DGL on 17 Mar 2021
Way to go

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This page was created on 9 Mar 2021 and closed on 3 Aug 2021.