The People’s Park

The People’s Park

Poole Park 1890 –

110 acres of open parkland, beautiful gardens, quiet spaces, lakes and a large saline lagoon. Bordering Poole Harbour and the Old Town, Poole Park is a much-loved family friendly open space that retains it’s original Victorian plan, many original features and is registered by Historic England for its special historic interest.

Following the award of a £2.7 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant in 2017, the Park has undergone (and continues to undergo through 2021) an extensive range of improvements to conserve it’s unique features and to secure its enduring viability and appeal for future generations.

Adopt a Tree

A new generation of trees is being introduced across the park during 2020/2021, and they are available for adoption

Voices from the Past

A series of nine short audio stories for children, each linked to a different location in the park, and available to listen to via QR codes printed on the new interpretation panels.

Kiosk Hire now fully booked!

BCP Council are offering the opportunity for local arts and crafts producers & others to hire the kiosk for just £50 a week

Poole Park Life 2014-2021

The £2.7 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant that enabled us to carry out major impovements across the park

Poole Park Railway

BCP Council is committed to rebuilding Poole Park railway. In February 2021, BCP Council’s Cabinet agreed additional investment to secure the long-term future of this popular attraction. Details & updates can be found at


Dedicate a Bench

A variety of recently installed bench types around the lakes and in the Quiet Garden available for commemorative plaques

The Photo Mosaic

A snapshot in time of the people of Poole, and part of a fundraising drive for the Poole Park Life project

Poole Park Living History Project

Building a collection of stories, photographs and park artwork to create an eBook and Living Memories tour

The website is a BCP Council project; it was launched in the winter of 2020 to celebrate the Park’s heritage, the special role it plays in the lives and the hearts of generations of local families, and the improvements made possible by the Heritage Fund award.

It is early days for; during 2021 we will start work on a unique online archive featuring historic photos, local stories, memories and more.

Aerial view, Poole Park