Video: New indoor skate park opened in Lewes

A new indoor skate park – The Skatehouse – was officially opened on the Phoenix Industrial Estate in Lewes on Friday January 24.

Lewes MP Norman Baker cut the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony. The Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, the Chairman of Lewes District Council, Cllr Michael Chartier, and Cllr Rob Blackman were also in attendance at Unit 8.

Official opening of Skatehouse, Lewes (Phoenix ind est) by Ruth O'Keeffe and Norman Baker.

Official opening of Skatehouse, Lewes (Phoenix ind est) by Ruth O'Keeffe and Norman Baker.

The Skatehouse came about when Oliver Swayne pitched his idea on the Channel 4 show ‘The Stake’. He received 904 stakes from the skateboarding and BMX communities to win £20,000 from the Barclays Bank money skills national programme.

The entrants needed to carry out a series of online challenges, including winning public support and setting out financial plans, which showed their idea could be a success.

Ollie has worked in partnership with a number of key local activists including Ian Freeston, who has acted as skilled builder, organiser and mentor to the team of volunteers which has turned the idea into a fully functioning skate park. Ian said: “The opening of The Skatehouse is fantastic news for young people in Lewes. It has been a long and difficult journey and wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Lewes District Council and Clive Wilding from the Santon Group.”

For more information, visit The Skatehouse online at facebook.com/skatethehouse and theskatehouse.co.uk