Opened in 1890, Poole Park is the most popular public open space in Poole.
Although most people recognise the park is a nice place to visit, parts of the infrastructure and things we value are deteriorating, becoming harder to maintain.
These include heritage items such as the bridge and surrounds of the sluice gate, areas of hard surfacing, the play area on West Field and a gradual erosion of the original Victorian design.
The Poole Park Life project
In August 2014 Borough of Poole and the Friends of Poole Park submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People Programme for Poole Park Life, a £2.7m improvement project for Poole Park.
Our Round One success was announced in January 2015, which provided the funding (and two years) to develop ideas for the project further before submitting Round Two, the main Bid, in 2017.
During April, July and August 2016 the team consulted on the updated proposals, finalised plans and tendered contracts. The final £2.7 million funding bid was then completed and submitted to the HLF at the end of February 2017.
A decision from the HLF will hopefully be made in August and if successful, the full funding will be received and the four-year Delivery Phase with commence (2017-2021).
New Poole Park Life Website
A new Poole Park Life website and blog has been created which is dedicated to the consultation period, the submission bid and to presenting the updated plans for improvement. All the latest news can be found there now…
Poole Park Life contacts
Project Manager: Martin Whitchurch
Community Engagement Officer: Toni Powell
Tel: 01202 261700