Harbourside Park improvements 2019

Updated 7th October 2019

This is one of Poole’s most treasured open spaces and a fabulous place for everything from play to relaxation. Loved for its proximity to Parkstone Bay, Poole Park and Poole town centre, with beautiful views of the Purbeck Hills it is a place everyone can enjoy.

At the request of the local community, local Ward members and park users we are planning to invest in a range of improvements in order to preserve this special site, benefit wildlife and add to people’s enjoyment of the area.

The Project

Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and wishes for this well loved open space. From the public consultation we plan to…

  • Review the trees and plant to provide future replacements for ageing trees as and when they are lost
  • Connect up footpaths and surface the routes which have been created from people walking across them
  • Renew the wildflower meadow
  • Install extra picnic benches with BBQ plates and wheelchair access
  • Improve drainage
  • Provide new signage

Work started early October with repairs to fencing alongside Whitecliff Road, aerating the land for better drainage and surfacing new routes to connect existing footpaths. The next phase will include installation of new picnic tables and barbecue areas.

The plans below outline the location of works.

Other projects ongoing at Harbourside Park

Whitecliff Pavilion and Baiter toilet block

Opportunities to modernise, develop and remodel the Whitecliff Recreation Ground Pavilion and Baiter Toilets are being explored. Full and up to date information about this is available at:

Sluice Channel

The water which feeds Poole Park Lagoon comes from the harbour and passes through a channel under Baiter Park and the railway line. It was built in the 1960s and is constructed of metal sheet piling topped with a reinforced concrete slab. Due to the harsh salt water environment, the sheet piling has heavily corroded along much of the channel and is in need of substantial repair (illustrated below). To date, reactive patch-up work has been undertaken as and when needed in order to maintain the channel and keep both Harbourside Park and Poole Park functioning as open space for park users.

Ground investigation work has been undertaken and information collated will inform designs for renovation of the sluice channel. This will ensure that Harbourside open space can continue to be maintained in the same or better condition. It will also safeguard Poole Park Lagoon so that it can be emptied and re-filled into the future, protecting this important wildlife haven and recreational facility. The next step is to seek funding for the work to be undertaken.

Baiter Skate Park

The existing Skate Park is heavily corroded and nearing the end of its life and there are pieces of equipment which, without investment, will need removing due to health and safety requirements.

We are working with Baiter Skatepark Group (Baiter Park Locals) to access funding to rebuild this much loved facility. So far the group have successfully secured £100k from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and work is been undertaken to gain further funding.

Harbourside Park (Whitecliff & Baiter)

Project details

Budget £186,000
Funding Planning Obligations Parkstone & Poole Town Wards: £3,500 Equipped Children’s Play and £182,500 Casual Play & Amenity Open Space
Project Leader Ruth Wharton
T. 01202 261700
E. environment@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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