Central Park Improvements

Exciting changes are happening in the park!

In 2017, the Council committed £9m over the next 4 years to improving Central Park so that it fulfils its potential as one of Plymouth's premier destinations.

We aim to develop the park's primary function, as originally conceived in 1928, as a park devoted to the improvement of the health of Plymouth people by active sport, recreation and leisure activities. Our basis for improvements is the Masterplan created through consultation in 2013.

What have we been up to in 2017-18?

  • Consulted with users and stakeholders to help us finalise designs
  • Built the skate park extension
  • Repaired and resurfaced 1800metres of path through Pounds Park, Venn Lane and the wider park
  • Started work on the play area, events field, sports plateau and junior football pitch by the bowling pavilion
  • Created designs for a new café and refurbished Bowling Pavilion (Community Sports Hub)
  • Progressed plans for drainage, sports pitches, Pounds Park, paths, park furniture, access and the overall natural environment
  • Submitted planning applications for the new café, sports plateau, sports hub and tennis courts
  • Improved entrances, boundaries, trees and allotments
  • Repaired park heritage such as Devon Banks and the Ford Park entrance pillars
  • Installed several new allotment fences and gates
  • Initiated a new volunteer programme

Coming up from August 2018 to Spring 2019

  • Complete the play area, events field and sports plateau
  • Begin work on the café, Community Sports Hub and tennis courts
  • Finalise a drainage strategy for the park and start works
  • Continue to resurface paths and the wooded valley
  • Continue with heritage, access and landscape improvements
  • Progress plans for Pounds Park, paths, entrances, park furniture, and the natural environment
  • Develop the volunteer programme
  • Further consultation with stakeholders and users

Play Area

We are sorry to say that we haven’t been able to open the play area for the summer holidays (click here to find out more).  However, why not bring your family to one of our sports or nature events.  A full programme can be found here.


Get involved and help care for Plymouth's biggest park; see our new volunteer programme for May and June 2018:

 Volunteer July - August 2018 [PDF, 2000KB]

Central Park Spring Update 2018

Find out more about what has happened this spring in Central Park with our update:

 Central Park Spring Update 2018 [PDF, 200MB]


Sketch design of proposed new cafe

Playable landspace design artwork

Friends of Central Park

Find out more about how you can care for Central Park on the Friends of Central Park Facebook page.

Nature Plymouth

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Central Park Mailing List

Please join our mailing list by emailing: Wildlife@plymouth.gov.uk

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