VIDEO: Much-loved wooden hippo makes comeback as Poole bids for £2.5m lottery cash

Much-loved wooden hippo makes comeback as Poole bids for £2.5m lottery cash

Much-loved wooden hippo makes comeback as Poole bids for £2.5m lottery cash

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A GIANT wooden hippo visited Poole Park to celebrate the completion of the town’s £2.5million bid to enhance the historic park.

The much-loved mahogany animal, which was previously part of a group displayed in the Dolphin shopping centre, can be found on a grass area between Rockley water sports and the war memorial until 3pm this afternoon.

In the autumn, the hippo will return with a wooden turtle and whale, created by artist, Peter Hand, for the opening of the Arndale Centre back in 1969, to take up their permanent home in the park.

John Grinnell, centre manager for the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “For a long time we have wanted to return the wooden animals to Poole.

“After reviewing the possibility of reinstating the wooden animals as play sculptures for the Poole Park Life bid, Legal & General made the decision to donate the animals.”

John added: “We know how much the people of Poole cherish the heritage of the wooden animals and understand that they hold great sentimental value.

“Their new permanent home will be a safer play environment and can be enjoyed by children to their full extent.”

Over the last year, Borough of Poole and the Friends of Poole Park have been working together to collect evidence of how well-used the park is, while creating proposals on future improvements which could be made.

It forms part of the first stage bid which is being submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) on August 22.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, said: “The Poole Park Life bid has captured the imagination of everyone in Poole.

“It's great to receive additional support from the Dolphin Shopping Centre and to see the hippo once again on display.”

Cllr Dion added that she is delighted that the wooden animals will become a permanent feature in Poole, allowing families to create new childhood memories for future generations to cherish.

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12:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

Would it not have made more sense to have had the Hippo at the Sports Day Event last Sunday ?
Would it not have made more sense to have had the Hippo at the Sports Day Event last Sunday ? Marty Caine
  • Score: -5

12:58pm Tue 19 Aug 14

TalkToTheTrees says...

I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals.
I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals. TalkToTheTrees
  • Score: 7

1:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Personally Poole park is a foolish place to display these sculptures ,given the amount of morons around bound to be vandalised be it graffiti sprayed initials carved or even worse subject to arson attacks why can't the be reinstalled at there original place in the shopping centre
Personally Poole park is a foolish place to display these sculptures ,given the amount of morons around bound to be vandalised be it graffiti sprayed initials carved or even worse subject to arson attacks why can't the be reinstalled at there original place in the shopping centre alasdair1967
  • Score: 62

1:45pm Tue 19 Aug 14

spooki says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Personally Poole park is a foolish place to display these sculptures ,given the amount of morons around bound to be vandalised be it graffiti sprayed initials carved or even worse subject to arson attacks why can't the be reinstalled at there original place in the shopping centre
Exactly what I thought. Why put them out in the elements to be targeted by any idiot with a tin of paint, lighter or sharp implement?
Why not put them inside somewhere, where they can be seen and watched? Here's an idea....how about in Poole Dolphin Centre? You know, where they were before?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Personally Poole park is a foolish place to display these sculptures ,given the amount of morons around bound to be vandalised be it graffiti sprayed initials carved or even worse subject to arson attacks why can't the be reinstalled at there original place in the shopping centre[/p][/quote]Exactly what I thought. Why put them out in the elements to be targeted by any idiot with a tin of paint, lighter or sharp implement? Why not put them inside somewhere, where they can be seen and watched? Here's an idea....how about in Poole Dolphin Centre? You know, where they were before? spooki
  • Score: 40

1:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

CAREJ says...

I remember playing on these as a child. What's happened to the snake?
I remember playing on these as a child. What's happened to the snake? CAREJ
  • Score: 27

2:13pm Tue 19 Aug 14

MJD says...

The elements of the weather will soon destroy them outside unfortunately. If the idiots don't do it first.
The elements of the weather will soon destroy them outside unfortunately. If the idiots don't do it first. MJD
  • Score: 21

2:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

master plan says...

Put them back in the centre as it's still stuck in the 60's
Put them back in the centre as it's still stuck in the 60's master plan
  • Score: 17

2:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Tripod says...

From what I remember of them, there was some pretty obscene graffiti carved inside them (much of it physically impossible in the space available), hope they've cleaned them up a bit.
From what I remember of them, there was some pretty obscene graffiti carved inside them (much of it physically impossible in the space available), hope they've cleaned them up a bit. Tripod
  • Score: 4

4:52pm Tue 19 Aug 14

poolepaul says...

Genius. Put them all in Poole Park so that all the idiots can vandalise them. I don't suppose there will be any security to stop this from happening?
Genius. Put them all in Poole Park so that all the idiots can vandalise them. I don't suppose there will be any security to stop this from happening? poolepaul
  • Score: 15

4:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mrs Chris B. says...

lovely to hear that they are, once again, going to be enjoyed by a new generation of children....but I share some of the concerns for their well being 'in the wild', as it were....
lovely to hear that they are, once again, going to be enjoyed by a new generation of children....but I share some of the concerns for their well being 'in the wild', as it were.... Mrs Chris B.
  • Score: 20

5:29pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Melanie.Read12 says...

CAREJ wrote:
I remember playing on these as a child. What's happened to the snake?
Unfortuately the snake has long since slithered off to the shopping centre in the sky.
Apparently it was left outside somewhere unprotected, with some rubbish, and fell apart :-(
I do hope that the other animals don't meet the same fate, as a lot of people (myself included) will be very upset about that....
[quote][p][bold]CAREJ[/bold] wrote: I remember playing on these as a child. What's happened to the snake?[/p][/quote]Unfortuately the snake has long since slithered off to the shopping centre in the sky. Apparently it was left outside somewhere unprotected, with some rubbish, and fell apart :-( I do hope that the other animals don't meet the same fate, as a lot of people (myself included) will be very upset about that.... Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 13

8:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ashleycross says...

Better they are outside, used and fall to bits than stuck in a cupboard gathering dust and costing money to store. Judging from some of the people posting here their attics must be a real fire risk! Get it out and use it, stuff is not for worshiping, its for being used and in this case that means enjoyed. What a bunch of misery guts grumbling about such a wonderful project.
Better they are outside, used and fall to bits than stuck in a cupboard gathering dust and costing money to store. Judging from some of the people posting here their attics must be a real fire risk! Get it out and use it, stuff is not for worshiping, its for being used and in this case that means enjoyed. What a bunch of misery guts grumbling about such a wonderful project. ashleycross
  • Score: -7

8:38pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ashleycross says...

No win no fee accident claims mean that the animals are now much too expensive for the Dolphin Centre to insure against accident claims, and fair enough falling off one onto the hard floor from such a slippery object is a bit risky for little children I'm sure most of the self proclaimed child care experts posting here, who frankly probably weren't even allowed to bring the school hamster home on the weekend rota will disagree. Good idea to put them in the middle of a lot of safe bark so they can be used again.
No win no fee accident claims mean that the animals are now much too expensive for the Dolphin Centre to insure against accident claims, and fair enough falling off one onto the hard floor from such a slippery object is a bit risky for little children I'm sure most of the self proclaimed child care experts posting here, who frankly probably weren't even allowed to bring the school hamster home on the weekend rota will disagree. Good idea to put them in the middle of a lot of safe bark so they can be used again. ashleycross
  • Score: 0

11:04pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

TalkToTheTrees wrote:
I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals.
What ever made you think I was in favour of these being put in Poole park, if the vandals don't kill off I'm sure the winter will.

It was just that there was a major sports event in Poole park on Sunday in relation to the lottery funding for Friends of Poole park, with a lot of people in attendance, even a couple of councillors turned out for it. So it seemed a bit strange to hold this hippo event two days after it.

Btw what ever made you think it was a foreign hippo :P
[quote][p][bold]TalkToTheTrees[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals.[/p][/quote]What ever made you think I was in favour of these being put in Poole park, if the vandals don't kill off I'm sure the winter will. It was just that there was a major sports event in Poole park on Sunday in relation to the lottery funding for Friends of Poole park, with a lot of people in attendance, even a couple of councillors turned out for it. So it seemed a bit strange to hold this hippo event two days after it. Btw what ever made you think it was a foreign hippo :P Marty Caine
  • Score: 2

7:44am Wed 20 Aug 14

ashleycross says...

Marty Caine wrote:
TalkToTheTrees wrote:
I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals.
What ever made you think I was in favour of these being put in Poole park, if the vandals don't kill off I'm sure the winter will.

It was just that there was a major sports event in Poole park on Sunday in relation to the lottery funding for Friends of Poole park, with a lot of people in attendance, even a couple of councillors turned out for it. So it seemed a bit strange to hold this hippo event two days after it.

Btw what ever made you think it was a foreign hippo :P
Not a lot of mahogany growing in this country.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TalkToTheTrees[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised you're in favour Marty. Surely you would send it back? Foreign hippos, coming over here, taking jobs from hard-working English wooden animals.[/p][/quote]What ever made you think I was in favour of these being put in Poole park, if the vandals don't kill off I'm sure the winter will. It was just that there was a major sports event in Poole park on Sunday in relation to the lottery funding for Friends of Poole park, with a lot of people in attendance, even a couple of councillors turned out for it. So it seemed a bit strange to hold this hippo event two days after it. Btw what ever made you think it was a foreign hippo :P[/p][/quote]Not a lot of mahogany growing in this country. ashleycross
  • Score: 7

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