Exciting park will open at the end of the Year in Peacehaven

The skate park which will be built in Peacehaven.
The skate park which will be built in Peacehaven.

After years of public consultation, work will finally get underway on the Big Park in Peacehaven.

Work on the skate park, which could rival The Level’s popular facility in Brighton, will start in June.

During the summer holidays, construction will begin on the hub, forming a centre for play, sport and social activity for the community.

At the same time the creation of two new natural playgrounds and a cafe will begin.

The park is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year, while the skate park will be finished in October.

Lewes District councillor Andy Smith (Con, East Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs) said: “Finally the residents and visitors to the Big Park will see the construction work begin.

“We are starting with the skate park and the cafe, community centre and park entrance will follow soon after. It is all very exiting.”

Head of PE at Peacehaven Community School James Clarke added: “PCS students have been part of the consultation process from the outset of the project and their views have had a direct impact on the plans for the park.

“There is excitement about the skate park and students helped the design team to make modifications to the plans so the skate park is the best it can be.

“There is growing anticipation surrounding the park and students at the school are excited to see work begin.”

The Big Park will be next to the South Downs National Park and will act as a natural gateway to the South Downs, providing access for cyclists and walkers.

A masterplan has been drawn up for the park by landscape architects Allen Scott Ltd and architects Kaner Olette.

The plan also includes improved play facilities, a new environmentally friendly cafe, a micro museum of Bronze and Iron age artefacts found on the site and a community orchard.

Canvas, the chosen park designer, unveiled its final plans and will be moving onto the site over the next few weeks.

The skatepark construction period will last 14 weeks, with a start date at the end of June 2014.

Design director at Canvas John Flood said: “We are proud to have worked alongside all involved with the project so far. All have been enthusiastic and invaluable with their input to date and we very much look forward to updating and involving everyone throughout the construction period.”