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Weymouth Town Council is inviting residents to come and see the recently revamped Radipole Park and Gardens at a Fun Day on Saturday 15th June to mark the official opening.

The event runs from 11am to 2pm at the park on Radipole Park Drive and features 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 be there including Hedgehog Friendly Portland and Dorset Wildlife Trust plus there will be free face painting for children. People will be able to look around the park and learn more about its history and explore a nature trail.

Weymouth Town Council, working in partnership with the Friends of Radipole Park Gardens received just over £1 million to enhance the park and gardens from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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. The car park has 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 also 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.”

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.”

Free sports sessions

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.

The launch day event is free and open to the public to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled day in the newly revitalised park. The car park will be closed due to the event and people are encouraged to walk, cycle or park in the Swannery Car Park. The address is Radipole Park Drive, DT3 5EZ.