Alexandra Park – a Future Parks ‘Pilot Park’
In 2019 Alexandra Park was selected as one of three BCP region ‘Pilot Parks’ in the Future Parks project. Working together with local charity, The Parks Foundation we tested ideas for the future management, funding and improvement of green spaces.
Following community engagement activities, The Parks Foundation created plans for the three parks (others were Winton Recreation Ground and Waterman’s Park in Christchurch) and, since March 2021, we’ve been making physical changes and delivering activities to engage the local communities in these spaces.
Three 'Pilot Park' projects with The Parks Foundation
- Visit www.parksfoundation.org.uk/future-parks-project for details of improvements made at all three ‘Pilot Parks’ in the BCP area
The ‘Pilot Park’ Masterplan
Thank you to everyone who has participated and shared their priorities for improving Alexandra Park so far. Below is an overview of the improvements carried out:
- New benches installed at the front of the pavilion
- New surfacing for the Multi Use Games Are
- Planting the entrances to the park
- We have established a successful community garden on the Pavilion Green, together with a volunteer group which looks after the crop. Food grown is donated to local people through working with other charities and organisations.
Planting at park entrances
Purbeck stone blocks will create interest and structure in winter, whilst daffodils and woodland anemones will provide an early splash of colour.
On the Pavilion Green
We have created a community garden on the Pavilion Green! We are making it a place that everyone can use and be proud of. Share your ideas, help raise funds or roll up your sleeves and get handy with a hammer and spade! No prior experience needed.
Pilot Parks 2021-2022
- The valuable work and successes of the three Pilot Parks has been condensed into an infographic report – download the Pilot Parks report 2021-22
- This has led to a grant of £224,000 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund to carry out similar work in a further 8 parks across the BCP region, bringing to 11 the number of ‘Future Parks’ now being transformed in partnership with The Parks Foundation – the additional eight being Branksome Recreation Ground, Haskells Recreation Ground, Jumpers Common, Kinson Manor Playing Fields, Muscliff Park, Pelhams Park, Slades Farm and Strouden Park.
- Continuing our work with The Parks Foundation, we aim to create a nature recovery network across the 11 parks, known as the ‘Nature Recovery’ project.
- We’ll increase habitat for wildlife to give animals, insects, and birds more options for homes and food and make it easier for wildlife to find places they can thrive
- We’ll also be making physical improvements in the parks, connecting residents with nature and empowering communities to get involved
- This second phase begins in autumn 2022 – read about the Nature Recovery project
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