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Past Projects

We have been bringing you news of improvements to our parks, playgrounds, heathlands, nature reserves and other open spaces for more than 15 years now! The most recently completed projects are listed below, but you can also view our archive listings dating back to 2007

Completed 2018-2024

Stour Valley water meadows, ThroopMuscliff & Strouden Park£898,000June 2024Project details
Tuckers Field ImprovementsHamworthy£20,380Feb 2024Project details
Lake Pier, Hamworthy Launch Site improvementsHamworthy£35,600Dec 2023Project details
Picnic Benches, ParkstoneParkstone£54,000Nov 2023Project details
Broadstone War Memorial Conservation WorksBroadstone£8,600July 2023Project details
Uppleby Road Play Area improvementsNewtown & Heatherlands£31,400July 2023Project details
Halstock Crescent play areaCanford Heath£21,100Feb 2023Project details
Poole Park RailwayPoole Town£480,000Oct 2022Project details
Ham Common Lookout / Osprey observation pointHamworthyTBCAug 2022Project details
Branksome Woods pathway improvementsCanford Cliffs£2,000 Aug 2022Project details
Joy Café & community hub, Churchill GardensBoscombe West£149,000 ++Jul 2022Project details
Shared Use Path to Learoyd Road, PooleCanford Heath£30,000Spring 2022Project details
Evening Hill Tree WorkCanford Cliffs£30,800Spring 2022Project details
Sherborn Open Space play area - new slideCanford Heath£50,000Apr 2022Project details
Alexandra Park, a Future Parks 'Pilot Park'Penn HillFunded by grants via The Parks FoundationDec 2021Project details
Poole Park LifePoole Town£2.7 millionOct 2021Project website
Townside and Hunger Hill Public Realm improvementsPoole TownPart of a £9.6 million project Mar 2021Project details
Selkirk Close Play Area improvementsMerley & Bearwood£102,621Jan 2021Project details
Chaldon Road / Puddletown Crescent Play AreaCanford Heath East£51,000Sept 2020Project details
Upton Country Park SANG expansion, Final PhaseHamworthyTBCJuly 2020Project details
Arne Crescent Play AreaAlderney & Bourne Valley£86,150July 2020Project details
Alexandra Park improvementsPenn Hill£95,000Nov 2019Project details
Upton Country Park Adventure PlayHamworthy£230,000Oct 2019Project details
Coy Pond Gardens improvements 2019Talbot & Branksome WoodsTBCOct 2019Project details
Hamworthy Park Paddling Pool RefurbishmentHamworthy£381,000Jul 2019Project details
Foreland Road play area, Turlin Moor Hamworthy£99,231Jul 2019Project details
Sandbanks Play AreaCanford CliffsTBCApr 2019Project details
Branksome Recreation GroundBranksome West£150,000Jan 2019Project details
Oakdale Open Space improvements 2017-2019Oakdale£51,230TBCProject details
Hamworthy Park ImprovementsHamworthy East£81,752Apr 2018Project details
Blake Hill ViewpointPenn Hill£34,000Apr 2018Project details
The Great Heath projectsN/A£4.7 millionApr 2018Project details
Springdale & Broadstone Rec Play ImprovementsBroadstone£40,270Mar 2018Project details
* Ward names shown for projects carried out before April 2019 represent pre-BCP Council Wards.
** please refer to our Project Funding page for information.

Project Archive

The bcpprojects.net website (previously pooleprojects.net) has been through three incarnations since 2007; below is a list of projects undertaken during that time

Ward names shown below represent Borough of Poole wards (pre-BCP Council)

Projects completed 2007-2017
PROJECTWardBudgetFunding SourceCompletedAbout
Poole Park Life, development phasePoole TowntbaHeritage Lottery Jan 2017Much of 2014-2016 was spent developing a £2.7 million Heritage Lottery Funding Bid for Poole Park; success was confirmed in June 2017 when the team moved into a 4 year delivery phase of agreed improvements
Sterte Green play areaPoole Town£82,000LCF, PHP & PObsJul 2017Sterte Community Garden Association raised the funding and selected the design of a new play area for the 450 residents living close to Sterte Green
Merley & Bearwood open space improvementsMerley & Bearwood£31,796PObsJul 2016A range of site improvements and enhancements at Fenners Field in Merley Lane and at Selkirk Close, identified through formal assessment and consultation
Coy Pond Gardens improvementsBranksome East£50,000PObsJul 2016A range of improvements to help preserve this special and historic site, including safeguarding the island, improving access, clearing vegetation and planting
Newtown Ward open space improvements 2014-2016Newtown£433,228PObsJul 2016A range of landscape, play and access improvements made at Haskells Recreation Ground, Turners Nursery, Harford Road and Worbarrow Gardens
Bourne Valley Wheeled Play AreaAlderney£188,000https://localtrust.org.uk/big-local/Oct 2015A community project created & managed by the Bourne Valley Action Group with Maverick Industries. Supported & maintained by BoP
Talbot View Natural PlayBranksome West£9,395PObsOct 2015“The Castle” natural play space for 1-9 year olds, created in response to a request from local residents
Ashdown Athletics Track Club HutCanford Heath East£98,958PObs + external sourcesMay 2015A new modular building for users of the Ashdown Athletics Track, replacing an old shipping container
Branksome Rec Play Area enhancementsBranksome West£24,310PObsMay 2015Replacement of some of the older play equipment with installation of a new climbing frame and inclusive roundabout
Upton Country Park expansion Phase 1CreekmoortbatbaApr 2015A 25-acre extension to Poole’s only Country Park offering footpaths, wildflower meadow, dog training area and 24-space car park
Charborough Road cricket wicketBroadstone£7,000PObsOct 2014Replacement of the vandalised cricket wicket
Alexandra Park Footpath improvementsParkstone£65,000PObsJul 2014Improvements to the tarmac surface and edging of main access routes through and around the park and the installation of additional lighting
North Road Playing Field & linked open spaces, ParkstoneParkstone£120,000PObsApr 2014Improvements to the quality of and access to a previously unused open space on land leased from The Bournemouth and Poole College - creating the ‘The Bournemouth and Poole College Community Garden’
Tuckers Field, HamworthyHamworthy East£20,000PObsMar 2014A new open space for Poole - the playing fields of the former Hamworthy First School transformed into a natural habitat site and local community garden
QEII Fields in TrustVarioustbaQEII Fields in TrustAug 2013The formal protection of six outdoor recreational spaces across Poole as part of a nationwide campaign set up as a permanent living legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Poole Park Tennis CourtsPoole Town£140,000PObs & LTAJun 2013The complete refurbishment of the Tennis Courts at Poole Park, and the introduction of a specialist access key system court
Stanley Green Park, Christopher CrescentOakdale£60,000PObs & PHPJun 2013The transformation of the open space at Christopher Crescent into a community park, including natural habitat for wildlife, natural play features and a ball court
Evening Hill access improvementsPenn Hill£18,000PObsJun 2013New tarmac footpath, other footpath improvements, rebuilding of steps
Upton Country Park play & recreation - Phase TwoCreekmoor£103,000 (over two phases)PObs4, BoP & FUCPFeb 2013Jacks Wood and Grove Wood cleared of dense ground cover, new gates & railings installed,a new entrance and footpath and a natural timber Play Trail created
Diamond Jubilee Planting -oak trees throughout PooleAlltbaCouncil planting budgetNov 2012Seventeen oak trees - one in each ward in the Borough - were planted with the help of local school children over a nine day period
Green Road play areaPoole Town£110,000PObs & PHPJul 2012A massively improved play area in Old Town Poole, designed in consultation with the local community
Upton Country Park Walled Garden make-overCreekmoor£180,000PObs4 & FUCPJun 2012Extensive range of improvements to allow the Walled garden to be used all year round for a variety of events
Poole Park PavilionPoole Town£160,000tbcJun 2012Refurbishment of Poole’s only Victorian Pavilion, providing modern user facilities
Branksome Recreation Ground outdoor fitness trailBranksome West£40,000PObsMay 2012The latest additions to the growing range of outdoor fitness equipment across Poole
Upton Country Park play & recreation - Phase OneCreekmoor£103,000 total projectPObs4Apr 2012The first phase of a project to attract more people to the park, encourage them to stay longer and create a wider range of interest This phase cleared large areas of woodland
The new Seldown ParkPoole Town£213,200PObsApr 2012Improvements to the landscaping fronting the Everyone Active Leisure Centre, creating a new public open space
Playbuilder Year 2 Various£370,000PlaybuilderApr 2012The last seven of 18 Playbuilder funded improvements for 8-13 year olds
Outdoor fitness equipment across the BoroughCanford Heath East, Hamworthy & Canford Cliffs£65,000PCTMar 2012Provision of new outdoor fitness equipment at four sites in Poole, funded by the Primary Care Trust
Bourne Valley play area, AlderneyAlderney£99,999External fundingSep 2011A new children's play area for Bourne Valley Park, a project conceived & led by local residents
Treasure Island play area, Canford CliffsCanford Cliffs£100,000PObs + external fundingAug 2011A new children's play area installed at the top of Smuggler's & Canford Cliffs Chines
Everyone Active: Ashdown outdoor sports facilitiesCanford Heath East£337,000PObs3 + external fundingJun 2011Significant improvements to the existing outdoor facilities at Ashdown Leisure Centre
Ashley Cross Green (previously known as Parkstone Park)Parkstone£360,000PObsJun 2011Refurbishment of the footpaths, installation of a new (replacement) fountain, petanque terrain, performance space & play path
Poole Crematorium Memorial Art projectn/a£20,000Private donationJun 2011A quiet space with bespoke seating, water feature and poetry
Millfield Rebound WallCreekmoor£22,531PObs + community fundsJun 2011A new sports wall installed at Millfield Recreation Ground
Trinidad Boys Club MUGANewtown£100,000PObsJun 2011A new multi-use games area (MUGA) on land beside Trinidad Boys Club (now known as Trinidad Community Hall
Poole Park artificial cricket wicketPoole Town£9,000PObs2Apr 2011Artificial wicket for Poole Town Cricket Club and their junior section
Canford Heath Management PlantbatbaMar 2011The Plan sets out the statutory protection for habitats, wildlife and archaeological features
Talbot Drive Play AreaBranksome£37,000PObsMar 2011A brand new play area at Wallisdown Recreation Ground
Sherborn Crescent BMX dirt rampsCanford Heath East£15,000IHMFFeb 2011BMX dirt ramps created a short distance from the youth shelter and existing skate ramps
Dolphin Pool BoomPoole Town£30,000PObsJan 2011A project to install a boom to create a 25m competition standard pool. Funding partner ASA (Swim England) - total cost £100,000
Oakdale Community ParkOakdale£170,000PObsJune 2010An inviting & attractive public open space created from a former school football pitch
Luscombe Valley Nature ReservePenn Hill & Canford Cliffs£9,350PObsJune 2010Installation of a boardwalk and other small improvements
Canford Heath Fire HydrantsCanford Heath East & West£11,000IHMFJune 2010A project aimed at limiting the damage caused by heathland fires
Broadstone Community Arts CentreBroadstone£8,000PObsJune 2010Improvements to public access & landscaping of the garden
Playbuilder Year 1 Various£525,487PlaybuilderJune 2010The first 11 of 18 Playbuilder funded improvements for 8-13 year olds
Alderney West MUGAAlderney£125,000PObs & PHPJan 2010Multi Use Games Area created in the car park fronting Alderney West Community Centre
Alexandra Park EntrancesPenn Hill£150,000PObsOct 2009Three impressive brick built entrances with lighting to mark the park's Centenary
Talbot Village RoundaboutBranksome East£5,300Poole in BloomAug 2009New, low maintenance design
Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre (HOEC)Hamworthy East£28,000PObsJul 2009Purchase of a mobile climbing wall & ancillary equipment for use across the Borough for youth groups, fund-raising activities, etc.
Hamworthy Park Play AreaHamworthy East£120,000PObsJul 2009Completely refurbished & extended play facilities for ages 9 yrs+
Sandbanks Play AreaCanford Cliffs£120,000PObsJul 2009New additions to the sand filled play space beside the car park
Hamworthy Park Paddling PoolHamworthy East£15,000tbaJun 2009The base of the pool was shot blasted to remove loose material then repaired & painted.
Fossilised Tree Stump, Branksome ChineBeachestbatbaMay 2009An ancient fossilised tree stump, found on the beach and believed to date back 140 million years, put on permanent display - read more ...
Whitecliff Recreation Ground Play AreaParkstone£220,000PObsMay 2009Full refurbishment to suit a wide age range, including a large new sand play area
Pinecliff Gardens Wildlife Sculpture TrailCanford Cliffs£60,000PObsMay 2009Wildlife footpath, play sculpture trail and schools' art project
Longfleet DriveCanford Heath West£39,500IHMFMay 2009Improvements including rhododendron clearance & footpath construction
Longmeadow Lane Woods, UptonCreekmoor£35,500IHMFMay 2009Footpaths, gates, bridges, ponds & interpretation
Green Gyms for Green SpacesPoole TowntbcPObs & LPSAApr 2009A new outdoor fitness and activity route
Carter Community School informal BMX track Hamworthy East£2,000SNTMar 2009Soil ramps and signs. Advisory role only. £1000 pa funding for next 3 years
Hamworthy Park Tennis Court FencingHamworthy East£6,000PObsDec 2008
Sherborn Crescent Youth Shelter Canford Heath East£10,000SPPNov 2008Delivered in partnership with Canford Heath SNT
Charter Road Play Area ImprovementsMerley & Bearwood£10,000PObsNov 2008Streets signs being investigated
Poole Park Cygnet Play AreaPoole Town£4,000FoPPJul 2008Wooden train & passenger wagon. Surfacing concerns (wear & tear on grass) addressed January 2009
Scott Road Open SpaceAlderney£28,000IHMFJul 2008Rebound Wall, Nursery Circle & Seating. Underspend contributed to footpath fund
Harford Road Open Space Newtown£22,206PObsJul 2008Rebound Wall. Landscaping completed Nov 2008
St George's Field Play Area, Phase 2Oakdale£25,000PObsJul 2008New toddler equipment. Play complete, budget balance available for lighting
Hamworthy Park BeachHamworthy East£6,000PObsJun 2008Access handrails. Final cost £1,938.75
Branksome RecBranksome West£50,000PObsJun 2008Climbing Wall
Rossmore School Dance StudioAlderney£15,000PObsJun 2008Contribution to removing bar and lay sprung floor for new dance studio. Delivered by others
Canford Arena sports pitchesBearwood£7,250PObsJun 2008Contribution to sand slitting to improve drainage. Delivered by others
Turlin Moor Pavilion Play Area ImprovementsHamworthy West£12,000PObsJun 2008Final cost £11,021
Foreland Road Play Area ImprovementsHamworthy West£10,000PObsMay 2008Final cost £9,995
Branksome Rec Play Area ImprovementsBranksome West£10,000PObsMay 2008Final cost £9,999
Delph Woods Cricket PavilionBroadstone£10,000PObsMay 2008Contribution, project delivered by others
Turlin Moor FootpathHamworthy West£8,000PObsMay 2088Final cost £7,972
Bourne Valley Park (formerly Alderney Recreation Ground)Alderney£178,000PObs (£50k) + external BSP fundingNov 2007Extensive landscape & land drainage work, seating, footpaths & small fishing lake. Final cost £180,768
Beach Road Car Park ImprovementsCanford Cliffs£30,000PObs1Sep 2007
Turlin Moor Youth ShelterHamworthy West£19,000PObsAug 2007
Sandbanks Recreation Ground (Phase 1)Canford Cliffs£180,000PObs1Jul 2007Sand area, Space Net & landscaping. Balance c/f to Phase 2 (2009)
Hamworthy Park Play Area (Phase 1)Hamworthy East£75,000PObsJun 2007Complete refurbishment of the young children and toddler play area
Kingston Road Play Area, Heckford ParkPoole Town£130,000PObsJun 2007Complete refurbishment of the play area
Arne Avenue New MUGA & Play AreaAlderney£135,000PObsMay 2007MUGA adopted & maintained by CYPS
Poole Park IslandsPoole Town£200,000PObsApr 2007Dredged lake & created five islands in the lagoon (boating lake) to help address water quality issues. Budget includes planting
St George's Field Play AreaOakdale£50,000PObsJan 2007Refurbishment of play area & new Rebound Wall (Phase 1). Underspend c/f to Phase 2 (2008)
Canford Arena & Charborough Road Cricket WicketsMerley Wood£20,000PObsContribution, project delivered by others
Broadstone Middle School FloodlightsBroadstone£22,000PObsContribution, project delivered by others
Poole Cycle SpeedwayPoole Town£22,000PObsContribution, project delivered by others
Funding Sources
Initials usedDescription
BoPBorough of Poole
BSPBourne Stream Partnership (2000-2007) incl. The Environment Agency, Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council, Natural England, Sembcorp Bournemouth Water, Wessex Water, Greenlink, Bournemouth University, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Bournemouth Oceanarium & Dorset Coast Forum
CYPSChildren & Young People's Services, Borough of Poole
DefraGovernment Dept for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
FoPPFriends of Poole Park
FUCPFriends of Upton Country Park
IHMF*Interim Heathland Mitigation Fund (SAMM)
LCFLandfill Communities Fund
LPSALocal Public Service Agreement
LTALawn Tennis Association
PCTPrimary Care Trust
PHPPoole Housing Partnership
PObs*S106 Planning Obligations (ward-based)
PObs2*S106 Planning Obligations (beaches)
PObs3*S106 Planning Obligations (Poole Park)
PObs4*S106 Planning Obligations (Upton Country Park)
PlaybuilderGovernment funding 2009-2012
SNTSafer Neighbourhood Team
SPPSafer Poole Partnership
* Please refer to our Project Funding page for further information

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