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Park Activators recruited for three Pilot Parks
Last year as part of the Future Parks programme, three Pilot Parks were selected to test ideas for the future management, funding and improvement of our green spaces.

The three Pilot Parks – Winton Recreation Ground, Waterman’s Park in Somerford and Alexandra Park in Parkstone – were all selected for their untapped potential, whether it’s a building that could be made better use of or areas that could be planted more imaginatively. Two ‘Park Activators’ have now been recruited to drive this project forward and encourage more people to make use of their local parks.

Work has already started at Alexandra Park, with new benches being installed at the front of the pavilion, new surfacing for the multi use games area and planting at the entrances to the park.
Find out more about our Pilot Parks
Read more about the Alexandra Park improvements
Improved play areas across Bournemouth

15 play areas across Bournemouth are set to get a refurbishment after funding was secured by the council and The Parks Foundation.

The first project, the replacement of a multi play unit, carousel and seesaw at Pine Road play area in Winton, is now complete.

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Fairies in the garden

Look out for fairies if you're local to Seafield Gardens in Southbourne.

Located next to the water tower, our skilled gardener Alan Griffiths (chief designer and creator), along with help from some other handy colleagues has created a magical hideaway for fairies to escape to, from a hollowed out oak tree.

Lockdown changes
The government's roadmap out of lockdown is a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England cautiously. We're pleased to announce that from 29 March you'll be able to enjoy a round of mini golf in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens or a game of real golf over at the Queen's Park Golf Course while enjoying a takeaway drink or tasty treat from one of our Park Cafes.

Keep an eye on our service changes page for the latest updates across our conurbation.
Service changes and updates
Queen's Park return to golf roadmap
Dogs on leads 

From 1 March - 31 July, all dogs must be kept on a lead on heathlands and commons across our conurbation to prevent disturbance to nesting birds. 

Our countryside rangers and wardens are patrolling these sites on a regular basis, so please ensure you follow the guidance by sticking to the main pathways and keep your dogs on a lead.

Read the Dorset Dogs advice
News in brief
Kings Park Nursery is now open for the season. It specialises in plants that are suitable for our south coast climate.

While we're still in lockdown, why not keep up to date with what's happening in the wildlife garden at the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre by reading the blog that's written by the team of volunteers working in the garden. 

If you're looking for somewhere new to take your little ones as part of your daily exercise, why not visit the new playground next to The Ark in Poole Park which opened last weekend? The Plant Collectors Playground as it's now called, has been designed to stimulate the senses of children of all ages & abilities!

At the end of 2020, we carried out a consultation with local residents at Sopwith Crescent in Merley to hear their views on proposed changes to the grass cutting schedules to allow the formation of meadow areas. We now have a final grass management plan in place.

We've got some delicious new street food traders booked in at Street Food Corner in the Lower Gardens throughout the year. Healthy smoothie bowls, bubble waffles, halloumi fries and chicken wraps are on the cards for March!

Work is progressing well on the improvements to the Kings Park Athletic Centre. The old track has been stripped off and work has started to replace all the old floodlights with new energy efficient modern LED lamps.
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