The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key).
The Education Centre is accessed via a wheelchair friendly ramp. Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities.
After nearly 18 months in planning and preparation we successfully opened our new Parkland on Saturday 14th March 2015.
The Mayor, Councillor Peter Adams, was on hand to cut the ribbon and ceremony cake, after which people enjoyed exploring the new space (which is a big as 18 football pitches), planting bluebells in the meadow field and playing in the stream.
This area is a designated ‘Dogs off lead’ site and we’re still working on the new Dog Training Area and smaller car park for quick dog walking visits - we hope to compete by early summer.
Please take a look around for yourselves the next time you visit. There’s lots to enjoy from the new picnic benches and pathways to the bridges and stepping stones.
New car park - planning permission granted
We have received planning permission from Purbeck District Council to build a new 24 space car park opposite Pony Drive. and have now begun preparing for construction. We started with the clearance of some trees at the site, and due to their close proximity to the pylons & electricity power lines SSE undertook this work. With the bird nesting season fast approaching we were mindful to complete the work as a matter of urgency.
There are cables belonging to Virgin Media and Vodafone located in the pavement which would need to be lowered in order for us to be able to construct the entrance. We are aiming to undertake that work at the end of March and car park construction will then begin in April.
An additional 12 hectares (30 acres) of new grassland, woodland and water meadow has been created, ideal for wildlife, dog walkers and park visitors alike.
The new areas are now open to the public, come along and enjoy…
New picnic tables
New views across our wonderful landscape
Follow the meandering stream - there are two bridges and stepping stones to cross it
A new Park Map has been produced showing the new areas (see above right).
New Car Park Proposal
Updated 20th March 2015
March 2015 - the new parkland is open!
2015 Park Map showing new areas, access, car park and footpaths
Poole is growing and has to accommodate 10,000 new homes by 2026; about 3,000 of these have already been built.
As part of the planning process it was identified that mitigation would need to be provided to ensure that the residents of those new homes don’t have an adverse impact on existing internationally important sites, i.e. the Dorset heathlands.
The most significant project identified was for a major new recreational space or SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) that fulfils certain semi-natural criteria in order to successfully draw new residents and existing recreational use away from, for instance, Upton Heath, thereby avoiding additional impact.
A SANG is required to mitigate the impact of developments of over 50 dwellings, and must meet a range of standards and features (such as car parking and signed access points) as agreed by Natural England.