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History of Moore Avenue

In 1959 (around the time the whole of the West Howe estate was laid out) the Parks Committee informed the Housing and Estate Committee that it wanted to use certain land in Moore Avenue for park purposes and suggested a layout to them.  A plan for the layout of the Moore Avenue site, estimated to cost approximately £9,000 (excluding the pavilion), was approved for 1960/61.

An equiped play area for younger children was added following lettes from residents concerning the need for play facilities in the area, this later included a paddling pool.  A bowls pavilion was built by George Jenkins and Sons (Winton) Ltd and opened at the park in 1964, costing £15,770.

In 1994 the play area was thoroughly refurbished and the paddling pool removed (many pools were removed from play areas at this time, as they had no pumps or filters and sufficient staff resources were not available to meet higher health and safety standards).

During the latter part of the 90's the pavilion ran into disrepair as the building reached the end of it's usable life.  The building was demolished in 2001 and replaced with the Sure Start Community building which opened in April 2002, the Neighbourhood Nursery (adjacent to the centre) opened in 2004.

In 2002 a new master plan was drawn up for the park, which saw succesful bids for over £180,000 from the National lottery's New Opportunities Fund for a new play area and ball court, which were completed by 2005.  A further governemnt grant of £50,000 helped pay for graffiti removal and a new Skate Zone (completed in 2004).  The master plan also involved widening the two service roads running down each side of the park (allowing emergency vehicle access) and removing the bowling greens, tennis courts and privet hedges between 2001-2.

The green areas of the park won Doorstep Green status around the same time, allowing for the provision of a tree lined avenue at the entrance Trees 2004, re-instatement of grass and a commemorative bench

Related Information


Postal Address Bournemouth Parks,
Queens Park Pavilion,
Queens Park West Drive,
Telephone 01202 451629
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