Sited in the middle of the grid that forms the Hastings central city, Civic Square is the largest open space within the central city and is the cultural heart of Hastings’ urban centre. It is a place of significant cultural connection for Hastings and Hawke's Bay.
Home to the Hastings War Memorial Library, the Hastings City Art Gallery, Women’s Rest and the Hastings Cenotaph, the square has a large grassed area with a number of significant mature, shady trees that make it a lovely space for sitting, meeting or recreational play.
A key feature of Civic Square is the 18 pou that stand proudly in the middle of the square, presenting a tangible link to the region’s cultural heritage. Each pou is carved from ancient totara and represents an ancestor from a marae in the Heretaunga district. An information board provides details on the whakapapa or genealogy of each marae, a full narrative about their ancestor, and their connection with Heretaunga. You can view a map of the 18 pou here.
On the other side of the library by Warren Street there is a small gated playground suitable for young children that has swings and climbing frames.
- Drinking fountain
- Park benches