Poole Park Life

Poole Park Life 

A £2.7 million National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant awarded in June 2017 

Whilst most people have always recognised that Poole Park is a special place to visit, by 2014 parts of the infrastructure and many of the features we value were deteriorating, becoming harder to maintain. These included heritage items such as the 51 acre saline lagoon (boating lake) with its bridge and sluice gate surrounds, areas of hard surfacing, the play area on West Field and the gradual erosion of the Park’s original Victorian design.

In August 2014 Borough of Poole (now BCP Council) 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. The application was a demanding two-round process lasting 2 years, with the main bid being submitted at the end of February 2017, and it all felt very well worthwhile when its success was announced 4 months later!

Now in the final year of a 4 year project delivery phase, many of the planned improvement works have been completed. Most recently the Access improvements are coming to an end after 35 weeks of disruption to park visitors; we are very grateful for your ongoing patience during that time.

During 2021 we will be:

  • completely refurbishing the Park’s two playgrounds – the new Plant Explorer’s playground by the Ark café opened 12th March; the larger one (the new Jungle Explorer’s playground) should be completed by the end of May
  • replacing & reconfiguring the outdoor gym equipment in Poole Park, Baiter & Whitecliff
  • having the Park’s signage, notice board and interpretation materials redesigned
  • refurbishing the water fountain
  • developing a new Plant Collector’s garden near the crazy golf 
  • monitoring the ecology of the lakes and lagoon following the works in 2019

Poole Park Life has it’s own comprehensive website, recording all the work that has taken place and regularly updating visitors on the latest progress …