We invited six of the UK’s leading play companies to provide concept designs for Poole Park which were then consulted on during July and August 2016. The public was asked to view & assess the six designs (below) before selecting their three favourites. The feedback gained through consultation will be used to inform a full design competition.
The six designs
Improving the existing play areas and introducing a play landscape for all ages and abilities throughout the park.
A Play Strategy has been written that sets out the vision for play and a design brief for the different spaces:
- Westfield play area
- Cygnet play area
- Natural play landscapes
- Outdoor fitness equipment.
Vision for Play
There is potential for play opportunities across all of Poole Park, with a destination play area at West field that will be completely redesigned to be the best in the local area.
Cygnet play area will continue to focus on play for younger children and will be redesigned and refurbished.
The new play areas will be based on innovation, providing a thematic link to its history and the local area. It will be fully accessible for all ages and abilities, encouraging informal social use between generations.
Opportunities for playable landscapes outside of the formal play areas will be encouraged, building on the heritage of climbing on leaning trees.
Play area improvements are currently scheduled for early 2020.