Official opening of Peacehaven Big Park tomorrow

Oak gateways by artist Keith Pettit will form some of the artwork at the Centenary Park in Peacehaven
Oak gateways by artist Keith Pettit will form some of the artwork at the Centenary Park in Peacehaven
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It’s the day Peacehaven residents have been waiting for - the official opening of the Big Park.

The state of the art facility which will become a focal point for the community, is understood to have cost in the region of £2.1m and taken about 15 months to build.

The skate park is already open and during the weekend about 40 skaters, both adults and children, were spotted enjoying the £170,000 facility which rivals the skate park at The Level in Brighton.

Peacehaven skateboarder and member of local skate group Zero Degrees, Grant Winters said: “We are so proud that the new skate park is part of the Big Park, as it will offer skaters, scooters, BMXers and inliners a place where they can practice their skills in a totally unique skate park, whilst enjoying a great location overlooking the downs.

“With the cafe, kids’ play areas and cycle paths the park really is a place for all of the family to enjoy all day long.”

The grand opening event will take place on Saturday March 7 from 11am to 4pm. All the facilities at the park in Piddinghoe Avenue will be open.

Peacehaven MP Simon Kirby MP will cut the ribbon on the day.

There will be circus skills, puppet shows, walks, bike rides. Archeology and stalls.

A skate jam, bar , music and football academy will be part of the day too.

An off-road mountain bike ride will be organised by Cycle Seahaven starting at 11am. To register visit http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/tbpo/

There will also be a bike train to the event for children with Sustrans and you will be able to make your own smoothie by pedalling a bike.

Times will be published on the big park website http://bigparksproject.org.uk/ website.

Chair of the Big Park project board, Cllr Andy Smith added: “It’s been a long time coming and we’d like to thank the community for their patience and everyone who has worked so hard on the project.”

Visitors will also be able to see the artwork for panels surrounding the community pavilion by Arc Creative.

These designs were inspired by the history and nature of Peacehaven and the surrounding downland.

And on display will be oak gateways in the children’s playground which were carved by local artist and sculptor Keith Pettit. They were inspired by Bronze Age rock art.

Residents also turned out to help plant the community orchard. They joined the Brighton Permaculture Trust to plant the hedge belt of native trees on Saturday February 21 at the park.

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