Posted on 15th November 2013

Bright future for Poole Park cafe, soft play zone and ice skating rink

The new owners of one of Poole’s most iconic cafés and children’s attraction have unveiled ambitious plans to transform them into a spectacular destination for the community.

Local couple, Richard and Sarah de Lisle, bought Central Park earlier this year and are embarking on a major refurbishment programme.

The pair are investing more than £1m into the project which will result in the creation of a new café and leisure complex at the heart of historic Poole Park.

The interior of the existing café will be re-designed to create a light and airy space which will reflect the surrounding landscape.  A new outdoor terrace, incorporating covered areas, will also be created. 

The couple, who have two young children, believe passionately in creating a warm and friendly environment for the local community and visitors of all ages to enjoy.

“Our aim is to transform the building and to put it back at the heart of the park. Poole Park is one of the town’s real gems and is a wonderful amenity - we want to give it the kind of café and play facilities that it deserves,” said Richard.

“The plan is to retain and significantly upgrade the existing ice rink, create an entirely new soft play area for children and to transform the café into a welcoming hub at the centre of the park.

“We want to build a much closer association between the existing buildings and their surroundings, to soften the hard edges and make them much more people-friendly,” he added.

The new design will also link closely to the park’s outdoor play area and provide plenty of space for buggy and cycle parking. 

While renovation work is carried out the café, ice skating rink and Gus Gorillas will close to the public from September 8th and re-open on December 14th 2013.

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