Grand opening set for Big Park in Peacehaven

Peacehaven new skate park and play park
Peacehaven new skate park and play park

The grand opening of Peacehaven’s long awaited Big Park will take place on Saturday March 7.

Organisers are planning a whole host of activities including a skate park jam with prizes, a kids’ tent with puppet shows and a chance to try out the new cafe.

And the Big Park Committee is also appealing for volunteers to take part in The Big Orchard Planting Day on February 21 at 10am.

The Grand Opening event for the newly named Centenary Park takes place from 11am to 4pm, featuring a skate park jam with prizes, MC and DJ.

The kids’ tent will also boast circus skills and free face painting.

A health tent will have the community chef and juice bar, plus there will be organised nature walks and cycle rides.

Archaeology displays and hands on activities will be offered and a farmers’ market will run on the day.

Chair of the Big Park projects board cllr Andy Smith said: “The Big Parks Project is very near completion.

“We really are at the final stages of the project and all work on site is expected to be completed by March 7 2015, where we will hold the official Grand Opening.

“The opening will celebrate everything the park has to offer, a skate jam with DJ and prizes, interactive archaeology, kids’ tent with circus skills and puppet show, health rides and walks and much more.

“After much consultation, planning and construction, the board are excited that the Big Park is almost complete.

“It will bring great health and leisure benefits to Peacehaven and I hope it will be a park the community can be proud of.”

The Big Park Project Board is looking for volunteers of all ages and experience to help us begin the planting of the Big Park Community fruit tree orchard.

A spokesperson for the Big Park said: “We will be working with Brighton Permaculture Trust to help the local community not only to plant the trees but to maintain it in the future.

“The first stage is to plant a shelter belt of trees to protect the fledgling fruit trees that will be planted in the autumn.”

Work will involve planting a protective belt for native fruit trees that will be added later in the year.

With the help of the trust the orchard will be managed by the community, giving people a chance to work with nature and to learn new skills.

If you can help meet at the Big Park on February 21 at 10am wearing sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing.

Children are welcome to take part if with their parent or guardian.