A Weymouth park that has undergone a £1 million refurb is nearly ready to open to the public.

The newly refurbished Radipole Park and Gardens will be setting of an exciting ‘Fun Day’ on Saturday, June 15 to mark its official opening. 

The event will run from 11am to 2pm at the park on Radipole Park Drive and will see performances by the Quangle Wangle Choir and the Weymouth Ukuleleans, who will also be doing a workshop on how to play the ukelele.

There will be free sports coaching and taster sessions on the new courts, followed by speeches at 12pm to mark the official opening. 

Several stalls will also be there including Hedgehog Friendly Portland and Dorset Wildlife Trust plus there will be free face painting for children.

Visitors will be able to look around the park and learn more about its history and explore a nature trail.

The main construction work started last summer, and the park is now ready to welcome visitors to experience the beautifully enhanced green space.

There are a variety of exciting sports facilities including basketball courts, tennis courts, a pickleball court, a pétanque area, and a scooter track for preschoolers.

Dorset Echo: Refurbed Radipole park and gardensRefurbed Radipole park and gardens (Image: Weymouth Town Council)

The car park has also been refurbished and expanded, offering more spaces for visitors.

New play equipment was installed in the play area, and a sensory garden provides a unique, interactive experience. 

A new refreshment kiosk with a seating area and toilet facilities have been installed, and a renewed pathway has been added through the park providing a scenic route for leisurely walks.

Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Jon Orrell, said: “This launch has been highly anticipated and I’m excited to see the finished park.

“It will be great to see the community come together to celebrate and enjoy this beautiful new space, and I would like to thank the Friends, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Weymouth Town Council for all the work that’s gone in to making this a place for families, friends, and neighbours to enjoy for many years to come. Well done to all those involved."

Dorset Echo: A refurbed Radipole Park

Sue Hogben, member of the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens group said: “This fantastic project has been a real collaboration between Weymouth Town Council and the Friends group. We’d love everyone to come down, join in the fun, and support our local community during this exciting opening event.”

The sports courts will be open for free coaching and taster sessions, including Mini Ballers Football, Table Tennis, Pétanque, Basketball, Tennis, and Pickleball. No booking is required, and equipment will be provided. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.