Poole Park Life

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 and 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 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.

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.

The Bid!

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 was then announced in August 2017 that the bid had been successful and full funding was awarded with a four-year Delivery Phase to 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.  Visit the website to keep up to date with news



Poole Park Life contacts

Project Manager: Martin Whitchurch

Community Engagement Officer: Toni Powell

Tel: 01202 261700

Email: environment@poole.gov.uk


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