Skate park opens in Peacehaven which could rival The Level in Brighton

Peacehaven skate park
Peacehaven skate park

A skate jam will be held as part of the official opening of the Big Park in Peacehaven tomorrow (Saturday) at a new £170,000 skate park set to rival The Level in Brighton.

All are welcome to the free event which will launch the skatepark in Piddinghoe Avenue which should attract visitors from surrounding towns and villages.

It will start at 11am with the skate jam kicking off at noon and will feature displays, competitions, food, drinks and music.

Lewes District Council’s Big Parks project officer, Chris Bibb said: “We are extremely pleased with the skatepark’s design and construction - it really is the best new one in the South East.

“It is already being well used by the community and is a great improvement on the tired equipment that existed before. It is a park for Peacehaven to be proud of.”

The project was undertaken by Peacehaven Town Council as part of its Big Parks Project.

It has replaced old and run down equipment with a concrete bowl and a mix of features, including some that replicating the urban environment and unusual features such as a skateable sundial.

A mixture of styles within the skatepark allows it to be a place that can be used by people with different levels of experience and skills.

The bowl has varying depths and lines, and there are painted free-standing kerbs and street objects.

As well as the skatepark, the project includes a graffiti art space and spectator areas.

The skatepark can also be used by scooter riders, BMXers and inline-skaters as well as skateboarders.

Funding came from the Big Parks Project, which awarded £100,000, and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded £70,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor added: “We support community and environmental projects across the UK and it is always great to hear about the opening of one we have helped.

“Skateparks provide a space where young people can meet up, socialise and have fun in the fresh air, for free.

“We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to the creation of this one.”