2014-2017Developing (and winning) the Bid
Opened in 1890, Poole Park is the most popular public open space in Poole
Although most people recognise that Poole Park is a nice place to visit, parts of the infrastructure and features 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 the gradual erosion of the Park’s original Victorian design.
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.
The Parks for People Programme application was a two-round process. The success of our First-round application was announced in January 2015, allowing us the funding and the time (two years) to develop our ideas before submitting the Second-round application – the main bid.
The main bid was submitted at the end of February 2017.
The HLF trustees met at the end of June 2017 and came back with a YES, adding that they thought it was a very strong project!
As a first step we created a new Project Calendar listing all the works and activities that will take us through this Delivery Phase. We will update the calendar as things develop, to make it easy to track project progress.
A reminder of the past couple of years
During 2016, having developed our six project themes, we embarked on a final period of ‘Have your Say’ style consultations, drop-in events and workshops with local residents, user groups and other stakeholders that have an interest in the park, presenting plans that had evolved from our work during 2014-15.
The results can be found in each of the project theme pages:
- Lakes & Drainage – better understanding the issues required for better informed management decisions
- Play – improving existing play areas and introducing a play landscape for all ages and abilities
- Traffic – (since re-named ‘Access’) redesigning elements of the park to try to reduce traffic volume, slow vehicle speed and prioritise pedestrians
- Heritage & Landscape – restoring original features and enhancing their setting
- Geese & Wildlife – seeking to control geese and wildfowl numbers and better management for wildlife
- The Future of Poole Park – ranging from new management and maintenance plans to guidance for park furniture (lights, bins, benches etc) and long-term tree strategies.