Alexandra Park improvements

Updated 25th February 2021

Alexandra Park has been selected as one of three ‘Pilot Parks’ in the Future Parks Accelerator project happening across the BCP area. 

PILOT PARK PROJECT 2021-22

Thank you to everyone who has participated and shared their priorities for improving Alexandra Park so far. We are developing a plan of works which will be taking place during 2021-2022, and that will be available here soon. In the short term we have the following planned for March:

  • New benches installed at the front of the pavilion
  • New surfacing for the Multi Use Games Area
  • Planting the entrances to the park (described below)

We have also submitted a funding application to Suez Communities Trust for additional funding to upgrade the natural play area.

Planting at park entrances

Planting at park entrances

A mix of ornamental grasses and perennials is proposed to create a tapestry of contrasting texture, shape and form. Inspired by the Edwardian heritage of the park, which is known for its perennial borders, the scheme makes a link to the park’s history and enhances the natural qualities of the landscape. Planting of nectar rich perennials such as Rudbeckia, Sage and Catmint support invertebrates which in turn are a food source for the local bat and bird population.

Purbeck stone blocks will create interest and structure in winter, whilst daffodils and woodland anemones will provide an early splash of colour.

Proposed planting at the entrance from Alexandra Road west

Proposed planting at the entrance from Alexandra Road west

Community priorities

Park Improvements 2018-19

Alexandra Park has long been recognised as a popular and charming open space, providing a great place to relax, play and socialise. At the request of the local community and park users we worked on a range of improvements to preserve this well-loved open space and enhance people’s enjoyment of the area.

In July/Aug 2018 a public consultation returned 241 responses from local residents and park users which demonstrates just how valued Alexander Park is. The aim of this project was to improve the play, recreational and leisure opportunities within the park, and enhance its aesthetic appeal by:

  • Renovating the equipped play area
  • Undertaking works to improve informal supervision and promote feelings of security and well-being among users
  • Updating current signage
  • Renovating existing benches
  • Relocating existing bins
  • Carrying out tree and shrub works

Work started in September 2018 and we steadily progressed through the range of improvement works. All the benches on site were renovated (some relocated) and the old youth shelter and basketball hoop were removed. Other works included making park entrances more open and appealing, improvements to park signage and to the children’s play area. 

Play provision

Alexandra Park has always offered a good variety of play opportunities for a wide age range but much of the traditional equipment within the fenced area (some approaching 30 years of age) was showing distinct signs of wear-and-tear.

The exciting new scheme has replaced most of the old equipment on the lower level to make it more interesting and attractive to young children. The new equipment includes a roundabout (accessible for all), one toddler and one junior climbing frame, a play house and a parent & child swing.

Play area re-opened 7th November!

The new play equipment installed late 2019

Below: the play area in August 2019, prior to improvement

The Pavilion at Alexandra Park

A dog-friendly community-based park Café

Offering liquid refreshment, chocolate cake, donuts and a warm welcome from Clare. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 3pm (closed Monday).

The Pavilion at Alexandra Park Facebook page

Further information

  • The results of the consultation in July/Aug 2018 are available to download: PDF document (800kb).
  • The history of Alexandra Park is described at Wikipedia, adapted from a document prepared in 1995 by Paul Hillman (decd), local historian and Borough of Poole Landscape Architect from 1989-2008.

Project details

Pilot Park project 2021-22

Total Budget £140,200 funded by
Planning Obligations Penn Hill Ward:
£49,200 Equipped Children’s Play
£46,400 Casual Play & Amenity Open Space
Community Infrastructure Levy:
£3,800 CIL 2018
£40,800 CIL 2020

Project Leader Ruth Wharton
T. 01202 261700
E. environment@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Park Improvements 2018-19

Budget £95,000
Funding Planning Obligations Penn Hill Ward:
£49,000 S106 Equipped Children’s Play
£46,000 S106 Casual Play & Amenity Open Space
Project Leader Ruth Wharton
T. 01202 261700
E. environment@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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