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Radipole Park and Gardens project

Radipole Park and Gardens is located in the centre of Weymouth and the facilities stretch for almost a mile in length. We’ve teamed up with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens volunteer group to secure funding from the National Lottery Heritage and Community Fund. We will use the funding to make improvements and changes to the site.

The vision for Radipole Park and Gardens

Radipole Park and Gardens is already a popular space with residents. We gathered feedback from visitors to help us pinpoint exactly what improvements would be most beneficial. This includes enhancing areas which are already working well, for instance:

The project will transform the park and gardens, restoring deteriorated areas.

What’s planned?

A new heritage café will provide refreshments and display information about the park’s history and heritage. There will be an interactive discovery table for children. It will also be a starting point for trails, walks and park discovery. This accessible space will be a central point for members of the community to meet and socialise.

Next to the café, a sensory garden will be designed by Kingston Maurward College, with Weymouth College construction students getting involved to help build the hard landscaping elements. The funds for this project have been raised by the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens group. The sensory garden will offer a wide range of volunteering and participatory opportunities to support health and wellbeing.

The existing play area will be upgraded using natural materials and there will be the addition of water play. Play equipment which is accessible for children with disabilities will also be added. More facilities will also be available for older children, including a new zip wire!

The project so far

In 2015, an initial pre-application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund was made by the Friends of Radipole Park Group. The aim was to make improvements to park following extensive damage caused by flooding in 2012, which left many areas unusable.

After further research and consultation, a Stage 1 Application was submitted in 2017. The application was successful and in March 2018 the Friends of Radipole Park group were awarded National Lottery funding of £78,000 to develop a full Stage 2 Application with detailed plans.

As part of the stage 2 submission work community consultation asked local residents and park users a series of questions to establish;

Thorough research and specialist advice also helped to inform the plans and put together a full stage 2 application.

In June 2020 the Stage 2 Application was successful, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded funding of just over a million pounds to redevelop and make improvements to Radipole Park and Gardens. A key feature of the new park will be about highlighting the hidden heritage through interpretation and activities that will make it fun and engaging for all ages.

Unfortunately, the project experienced significant delays due to the Covid pandemic where little physical work could progress. We have worked hard with the Friends of Radipole to get the project back on track and we are pleased that the improvements in the park are planned to start in September 2022 with the main construction taking approximately seven months to complete. This will mean we are aiming to have the park fully reopened again in the Spring 2023.

Watch this space to find out how the project is progressing or visit the Friends of Radipole Park website to find out how you can get involved.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ben Heath, Projects Officer – benheath@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Latest news from Radipole Park

Applications and proposals

Conservation Plan

A Conservation Plan looks at the historical development of the park from its original design, through different eras and development styles.

Activity Plan

This document sets out all the research and consultation that informed decisions about the project. It details work planned if we are successful with the bid, including engaging local residents, volunteers, the community and park visitors. We hope the activities will prove to be sustainable, providing a legacy from the project and strengthening Radipole Park for the future.

Management and Maintenance Plan

This plan addresses management and maintenance issues for the project realisation and the ongoing operation of the park over a 10 year period.

For more information, visit the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens website, or email benheath@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk