Dorset

Work starts on Poole's Parkstone Park revamp

Parkstone Park
Image caption The work is expected to be completed by Easter, the council said

Work has started on a £360,000 revamp of a "much loved" park in Dorset.

Parkstone Park in Ashley Cross, which was opened in January 1890, will be closed for the next 15 weeks while the restoration project takes place.

The restoration of the three-acre Victorian park will see improvements made to the main park entrances while all the footpaths will be resurfaced.

The project, which has seen a number of changes following views from residents, is expected to be completed by Easter.

The revamp will also see additional seating around performance spaces, two new Petanque pitches and a new drinking fountain.

The scheme, funded by developers' contributions, also includes the replacement of the existing fountain.

Councillor Neil Sorton, member for leisure at Poole council, said: "We are delighted to see these plans coming to life, particularly as local residents have had a huge amount of input.

"We would like to thank those people for their comments and ideas which helped to influence the design process.

"We hope they and others across the borough and beyond, of all ages, will enjoy the improved area which will be open in time for summer."

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