Pilot Parks

Three ‘Pilot Parks’ were selected earlier this year in which we are now working alongside the community to trial health initiatives and develop new ideas for physical and managerial improvements.

The chosen parks are Waterman’s Park in Christchurch, Winton Recreation Ground in Bournemouth and Alexandra Park in Poole.

The project aims to develop inspiring ways of improving these parks such as rewilding, upgrading or opening cafés and improving access. Two ‘Parks Activators’ will shortly be recruited to liaise with the local community and take these ideas forward.

The next stage of our work involves engaging with residents and councillors about potential changes and how we might fund them. We’ll also be installing people-counters in each of the parks to enable us to monitor how successful we’ve been in encouraging their use.

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