WORK started last week on a revamp of the tired and run-down skate park on the Anchor Field Recreation Ground, Ringmer.
The project will cost in the region of £26,000 and has been commissioned by Ringmer Parish Council.
The current skate park was built in the 1990s and, although it has served the community well, it has gradually deteriorated.
It has been subject to vandalism and is in increasing need of repair. To keep up with the changes in the type of wheeled-sports equipment people are using, and with facilities elsewhere, the parish council is extending and upgrading the park.
A larger concrete base will be laid, minor equipment will be repositioned and four new pieces, designed in consultation with users, will be installed. Existing equipment will also be repaired and refurbished.
The area around the skate park will be re-turfed and trees near it will be trimmed. Bins and seating will also be installed.
Funding for the work is coming from developers’ contributions, the Police Property Fund and from The Veolia Environmental Trust which has awarded a grant of £10,550 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
When it was developing plans for the work, the parish council consulted the principal users, students at Ringmer Community College and children at Ringmer Primary School. They all confirmed the need for the improvements and commented on the design and equipment needed.
Speaking about the start of the work the Parish Clerk, Chris Elphick, said: “It is great that work is now getting under way. The extended and refurbished skate park will provide an excellent focal point for fun and recreation in the village, not just for skateboarding but also BMXing, inline skating and scooters. The fact that we will be able to refurbish existing pieces is good news, as it will reduce cost and waste.”