Alexandra Park improvements

Updated 13th December 2021


Alexandra Park has been selected as one of three ‘Pilot Parks‘ in the Future Parks Accelerator project happening across the BCP area.

In Alexandra Park with the Parks Foundation

Regular activities include:

  • Park Life – Family Fun, nature based activities for the whole family – just turn up and join in!
  • Nature ToTs for under 5’s and their carers. Led by Poole Forest School, £3.50 per tot.
  • GreenFingers Volunteering, community gardening and conservation gardening for nature on alternate Sundays.
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Thank you to everyone who has participated and shared their priorities for improving Alexandra Park so far. Below shows an overview of what we are aiming to achieve over the next year.

Currently the following improvements are taking place:

  • New benches installed at the front of the pavilion
  • New surfacing for the Multi Use Games Area
  • Planting the entrances to the park (described below)

Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with our funding application to Suez Communities Trust to upgrade the natural play area so we’re now looking at alternative options.

2021 plan for improvements, Alexander Park

Planting at park entrances

A mix of ornamental grasses and perennials will create a tapestry of contrasting texture, shape and form. Inspired by the Edwardian heritage of the park, which is known for its perennial borders, the scheme makes a link to the park’s history and enhances the natural qualities of the landscape. Planting of nectar rich perennials such as Rudbeckia, Sage and Catmint support invertebrates which in turn are a food source for the local bat and bird population.

Purbeck stone blocks will create interest and structure in winter, whilst daffodils and woodland anemones will provide an early splash of colour.

Proposed planting at the entrance from Alexandra Road west

Artists impression of the new planting at the entrance from Alexandra Road west

Planting at park entrances

Community Garden

Community garden

Come and get involved!

Help design and build a new community garden on the Pavilion Green! Let’s make 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.

*This plan shows initial ideas from the community consultation in summer 2020.

Community Garden, Alexander Park
Community garden

Park Improvements CARRIED OUT 2018-19

Alexandra Park has long been recognised as a popular and charming open space, providing a great place to relax, play and socialise. At the request of the local community and park users we worked on a range of improvements to preserve this well-loved open space and enhance people’s enjoyment of the area.

In July/Aug 2018 a public consultation returned 241 responses from local residents and park users which demonstrates just how valued Alexander Park is. The aim of this project was to improve the play, recreational and leisure opportunities within the park, and enhance its aesthetic appeal by:

  • Renovating the equipped play area
  • Undertaking works to improve informal supervision and promote feelings of security and well-being among users
  • Updating current signage
  • Renovating existing benches
  • Relocating existing bins
  • Carrying out tree and shrub works

Work started in September 2018 and we steadily progressed through the range of improvement works. All the benches on site were renovated (some relocated) and the old youth shelter and basketball hoop were removed. Other works included making park entrances more open and appealing, improvements to park signage and to the children’s play area. 

Play provision

Alexandra Park has always offered a good variety of play opportunities for a wide age range but much of the traditional equipment within the fenced area (some approaching 30 years of age) was showing distinct signs of wear-and-tear.

The exciting new scheme has replaced most of the old equipment on the lower level to make it more interesting and attractive to young children. The new equipment includes a roundabout (accessible for all), one toddler and one junior climbing frame, a play house and a parent & child swing.

Play area re-opened 7th November!

The new play equipment installed late 2019

Below: the play area in August 2019, prior to improvement

Further information

  • The results of the consultation in July/Aug 2018 are available to download: PDF document (800kb).
  • The history of Alexandra Park is described at Wikipedia, adapted from a document prepared in 1995 by Paul Hillman (decd), local historian and Borough of Poole Landscape Architect from 1989-2008.

Project details

Total Budget £140,200 funded by
Planning Obligations Penn Hill Ward:
£49,200 Equipped Children’s Play
£46,400 Casual Play & Amenity Open Space
Community Infrastructure Levy:
£3,800 CIL 2018
£40,800 CIL 2020

Project Leader Ruth Wharton
T. 01202 123123

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