Alexandra Park improvements

Updated 30th August 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.

Play Area Closure

The Alexander Park play area will be closed from 2nd September whilst exciting improvements are made throughout September and much of October – see below for details

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 results of the consultation are available to download: PDF document (800kb) 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 current 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 offers 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) is showing distinct signs of wear-and-tear.

Work to replace the deteriorating play equipment is due to take place this September. The exciting new scheme will replace most of the existing equipment to make it more interesting and attractive. The new equipment will include a roundabout (accessible for all), 2 climbing frames (toddler and junior), play house and a parent and child swing to build and share memories.

The existing play area, due for improvement

The Pavilion at Alexandra Park

The new dog-friendly Pavilion Cafe is open!

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 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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