Proud moment for town as £132k skate park opens in Hailsham

Opening of new Hailsham skate park
Opening of new Hailsham skate park

A purpose built £132,000 skate park has been officially opened in Hailsham just two years after plans were first mooted.

The Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park was opened by deputy town Mayor, Cllr Richard Grocock, and Paul and Steven Tack, - sons of the late Tony Tack for whom the park is named.

Opening of new Hailsham skate park

Opening of new Hailsham skate park

The opening of the sports facility at 11am on November 24 at Maurice Thornton Playing Field was attended by young people and town councillors.

Funding for the project came from a number of agencies and organisations and was driven forward by Town Farm Residents’ Association (TFRA) .

It was built following a consultation exercise with young people.

The consultation was held through Hailsham Town Council, Hailsham Youth Council and Wealden District Council.

The design of the facility is a mix of cast concrete featuring bends and ramps for skateboarders, BMX bikers and in-line skaters of all skill levels.

Hailsham Youth Mayor Chelsie McIntosh said: “I am immensely proud of the Town Farm Residents’ Association and the young people who have been involved at every stage of the skate park project, from the initial consultation over two years ago, to helping raise the money which was needed to construct the skate park.

“It’s really impressive what the community in Hailsham has achieved.”

Cllr Grocock said the opening had been a success: He said: “There were lots of skateboarders who all came along to see the skate park opened, which was excellent news.

“It’s marvellous to see such a show of support and local young people showcasing their skating skills on the day.”

Cllr Stuart Towner, former chairman of TFRA said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve finally got there. Residents have worked hard with local authorities and young people over the past two years to carry out a number of consultation exercises and acquire the necessary funding required for the project to come into fruition.”

He added: “The youngsters told me they were delighted with the new skate park and how it looked.”

Paul Phirlwell, treasurer of the TFRA, said, “We are planning on making it an even bigger event next year.

“That way it will give them [skaters] all a chance to get some practice in.”