Posted on 25th September 2014

The Ark, Poole Park Wins Development Of The Year In The Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards

The Ark, formerly Gus Gorilla’s, closed last September for major refurbishment to transform it into a brand new family destination. Local couple, Richard and Sarah de Lisle, invested more than £1.6m into the project creating a stunning new café, soft play, ice rink and ice cream parlour at the heart of historic Poole Park which opened in December 2014. 

“After months of hard work, we were thrilled to finally unveil The Ark last December.  Our vision was to create a family-friendly, welcoming destination where local people and visitors to the area could meet up, socialise and enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere and I believe The Ark has lived up to that vision” said owner, Sarah de Lisle.

" We’ve had an incredible first year and it’s a real privilege to receive this accolade in recognition of our achievement to date." said Sarah.

 Find out more about the awards

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