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Bid submitted for nearly £3 million funding for Poole Park

A bid for nearly £3 million to improve and enhance the popular and historic Poole Park has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

Those who helped shape the bid, including council officers and volunteers from Friends of Poole Park, got together on 20 March to celebrate the submission of the final second round bid on 28 February 2017. 

Borough of Poole submits bid to HLF

The Poole Park Life bid is the culmination of over three years of work to develop proposals to improve the park for future generations to enjoy. A series of public events and workshops were held enabling the local community to get involved in the project right from the start. The extensive public consultation and feedback helped develop five themes covering: 

Heritage and Landscape
Restore the heritage features and the character that makes Poole Park unique, such as the entrances, War Memorial and bridge over the sluice channel. 

Lakes and Lagoon 
Dredge the lagoon to make it deeper and re-use the material to build new islands and features for wildlife. Engage the local community in a better understanding of the lakes and drainage to ultimately help improve the park for people and wildlife. 

Access, Parking and Movement 
Improve the historic entrances to the park and to make the whole park more accessible.

Play
New destination play areas and natural play features in the park. 

Geese and Wildlife
Manage the numbers of Geese and wildfowl, engage park users with nature and improve the park's biodiversity.

Martin Whitchurch, Poole Park Life Project Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "We would like to say a massive thank you to local residents, businesses, the Friends of Poole Park, the Poole Park Heritage Group and the many other individuals, groups and organisations that have played a part in this bid. Their continued support and dedication has resulted in a high quality bid submission which is bringing us that much closer to securing major investment in the park. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a positive announcement in the summer.” 

Councillor John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "Poole Park is a real gem in the heart of Poole. It is treasured by so many people it is important that we both improve and protect the park for everyone to enjoy now and in the future. It is fantastic that so many local people and organisations have got behind this bid and helped influence the final proposals which will benefit everyone.”