Poole Park

Photo of Poole Park

Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have closed all car parks and roads within Poole Park

See further information about changes to services.

Poole Park Miniature Railway is temporarily closed, more details.

About this park

Poole Park is a large, urban park bordering Poole Harbour.

In July 2017, we were awarded £2.7m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme.

Our successful bid for National Lottery funding will support a range of improvements to the historic park over the next four years. Find out more about the Poole Park Life project.

There are three sites at Poole Park that are licensed for you to hire for outdoor events.

Great for

Play parks, ducks, picnics, tennis, walking, fitness and watersports.


There are 3 free car parks in the park:

  • next to The Kitchen (around 40 spaces, up to 2 hours stay)
  • near the small roundabout between Rockley Watersports and The Ark (around 30 spaces, up to 3 hours stay)
  • next to The Ark (around 60 spaces, up to 3 hours stay)

You can also park for free on the roads within Poole Park.

Opening times

Closes at dusk; closed to vehicles between 6am and 10am Monday to Saturday.


Dogs are allowed in the park except for within the fenced play areas.


There are:

  • drinking water taps
  • picnic areas

Food and drink

We have:

  • The Ark; a cafe with a soft play area and a children's ice skating rink
  • Scoops ice cream parlour
  • The Kitchen waterside restaurant

Fun things to do

We have:

Cygnet children's play area, Swan Lake, Poole Park with:

  • multi spring rocker
  • climbing frame with slide
  • cradle swings and junior swings
  • tree seat and picnic tables
  • roundabout
  • activity wall
  • sandpit
  • talk tubes
  • play train

West Gate children's play area, Park Lake Road with:

  • climbing frame
  • toddler and large slides
  • talk tubes
  • swings
  • cradle swings
  • seating and picnic table


  • by foot: main entrances in Parkstone Road, Sandbanks Road and Whitecliff Road
  • by car: Kingland Road, Sandbanks Road, Whitecliff Road and Copse Close
  • from Monday to Saturday between 6am and 10am you cannot drive into Poole Park

Friends of Poole Park

The Friends of Poole Park is a charity made up of members of Poole community with a special interest in the development and future of Poole Park.

Sport and exercise

We have:

Photo shows the location of the sports pitch in Poole Park:

Photo showing location of sports pitch in Poole Park

Report a problem with this park

Let us know if you see something that we should be aware of. It might be damaged equipment, shrubs or hedge maintenance, or anything else.

Page last updated: 12 May 2021
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