Alexandra Park improvements

Updated 14th November 2019

Alexandra Park is a popular and charming open space in Poole which provides a great place to relax, play and socialise. At the request of the local community and park users we have been working on a range of improvements to preserve this well-loved open space and enhance people’s enjoyment of the area.

The Project

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 is 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 are steadily progressing through a range of green space improvements. All the benches on site have been renovated (some relocated) and the youth shelter and basketball hoop have been removed. Other works include making park entrances more open and appealing, and 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 

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

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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