Festival of fun promised as £1.6m Poole park family attraction opens

Bournemouth Echo: Triumph: The Ark in Poole Park Triumph: The Ark in Poole Park

A FESTIVAL of fun is promised at the opening of Poole’s latest family attraction on Saturday.

The grand opening ceremony of The Ark in Poole Park takes place at 10am, with Cllr Judy Butt, cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, cutting the ribbon.

The opening party includes the chance to meet The Ark’s resident penguin Tux and take part in activities including face painting and Christmas crafts. And local children will be asked to help decorate the festive tree with a message about their Christmas wish.

New facilities to explore include a three-storey soft play area, café, ice cream parlour and ice skating rink. There is an outside terrace with covered areas and seating overlooking the lake, and local artist Natalie Guy has created a mosaic penguin family.

Local couple Richard and Sarah de Lisle have invested more than £1.6million into the project to transform the former Gus Gorilla’s play area, which has been closed since September.

“After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to finally unveil The Ark – the ultimate in local family fun,” said Richard.

“Our vision was to create a family-friendly, welcoming destination where local people and visitors to the area can meet up, socialise and enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere and I believe The Ark has lived up to that vision.”

He added: “Poole Park is one of the area’s real gems and we are excited about the future and look forward to welcoming families.”

The Ark will be open all year round, bar Christmas Day.

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2:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

skydriver says...

I hope any coffee shop is better than the one there at present , the one that's run by the council, I think it is, well it's grotty enough.
I hope any coffee shop is better than the one there at present , the one that's run by the council, I think it is, well it's grotty enough. skydriver

3:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Amazing it hasn't become part of the council subsidised S+D Leisure empire!
Amazing it hasn't become part of the council subsidised S+D Leisure empire! speedy231278

6:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sea poole says...

What miserable grumpy comments above -cynicism at its highest level. Why not just praise the owners for what they've invested and look forward to a great future? Guess the posts above will be auditioning for Scrooge!
What miserable grumpy comments above -cynicism at its highest level. Why not just praise the owners for what they've invested and look forward to a great future? Guess the posts above will be auditioning for Scrooge! sea poole

10:59pm Thu 12 Dec 13

bourne free says...

at last a positive from the park until grumpy at the model railway starts moaning about his tracks again ?
at last a positive from the park until grumpy at the model railway starts moaning about his tracks again ? bourne free

2:10am Fri 13 Dec 13

billd766 says...

Pardon me for asking what might be a stupid question, but what exactly IS a cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, and what does it actually DO for the people of the town?
Pardon me for asking what might be a stupid question, but what exactly IS a cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, and what does it actually DO for the people of the town? billd766

7:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

steve518 says...

billd766 wrote:
Pardon me for asking what might be a stupid question, but what exactly IS a cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, and what does it actually DO for the people of the town?
Who the hell comes up with these stupid titles, what complete and utter BS!!
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: Pardon me for asking what might be a stupid question, but what exactly IS a cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, and what does it actually DO for the people of the town?[/p][/quote]Who the hell comes up with these stupid titles, what complete and utter BS!! steve518

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