Parks and Open Spaces: Play park improvements | Volunteer Day | Tennis success

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Great play in Broadstone!


Play in Broadstone has recently been improved thanks to a project funded by local planning contributions. Springdale Park off Lewesdon Drive and Broadstone Recreation Ground have both benefitted from improvements, with the final piece of work at Springdale Park culminating in the installation of interpretive panels and wobbly mirrors chosen by the staff at Julia’s House.

The panels, designed for younger children, bring an extra level of play and experience to a much loved space. The park is situated near the hospice and will be a great addition for the children to enjoy in the summer months. At the Recreation Ground a new helter-skelter slide has been installed and the play space redesigned.

Poole Park Life update

Poole Park Lake

In January the next phase of improvements funded by National Lottery players will get underway in Poole Park. Dredging of the lagoon and freshwater lakes will commence alongside wide-scale landscape improvements, benefitting both the Park’s rare wildlife and improving access for park users. Look out for volunteering and engagement dates in the New Year.

In addition, the temporary scaffold structure and concrete deck over the sluice channel will be demolished, with a new fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) bridge being installed. The path along the railway line will be closed from early January and opened again once the FRP bridge is swung into place. Works complete in April 2019. Find out more.

Tree-mendous Volunteer Day

Blake Hill Viewpoint

Poole Enviroteers are looking to kick off 2019 with a day of tree planting, litter picking and habitat improvements at Blake Hill Viewpoint on 5 January. In 2018, Blake Hill Viewpoint benefitted from multiple improvement works and to finish this off, a dozen trees are ready to be planted across the area. If you would like to volunteer to help plant these trees, litter pick the area and create new habitats, such as log stacks for wildlife, come and join in the fun at 10am on the 5 January and help add to the beauty of this viewpoint!

New panels for Delph Woods

Delph Wood panels

As the last part of work for The Great Heath Project, a new information panel has been designed and installed in Delph Woods.

New site signage has also been installed at Bourne Valley, Ham Common and Talbot Heath. Find out more.

Tennis success in Poole

Brett and Aaron with their awards

Congratulations to two Poole tennis coaches who have been recognised at the British Tennis Awards.

Aaron Russell, who coaches and oversees Borough of Poole’s Branksome Park Tennis facility won the ‘Best Community Club in Dorset’ Award and independent coach Brett Townsend, who uses council facilities in Poole Park won ‘Coach of the Year’ for developing a community programme which has seen 100 new children and 75 adults enter regular coached activity. Find out more.