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 gave us the funding (and
two years) to develop our ideas for the project further before submitting Round Two,
the main Bid, in 2017.
The Bid has been submitted!
During April, July and August 2016 we consulted on the updated proposals, finalised
plans and tendered contracts. We then prepared the final £2.7 million funding bid
and submitted it to the HLF at the end of February 2017.
We hope to have a decision from the HLF in August.
If we are successful we will receive the full funding, and can then start on the
four-year Delivery Phase (2017-2021).
New website for 2016-17
We have created a new Poole Park Life website and blog dedicated to the 2016 consultation
period, the submission bid and to presenting the updated plans for improvement.