Construction begins on new Skatepark in Malling Fields
Work has begun ahead of schedule to revamp the skatepark in Lewes’s Malling Fields recreation ground. The project will take approximately 14 weeks to complete, which means the new park will be in place for the summer.
The park is being constructed by specialist skatepark builders, Wheelscape, who designed the layout based on a brief put together by Lewes’s skating community. Local skater Sam Roberts is delighted with the early progress of the new skatepark. He said: "The old skatepark was well used but in much need of an update. It's fantastic that the local community is getting such a great park and it will be a real asset for people of all ages wanting to enjoy wheeled sports in Lewes for years to come.”
Sam added, “The design is quite progressive, making innovative use of the space - and will therefore attract users from all over Sussex as well as the rest of the UK. This will bring additional economic benefits to the town through increased tourism - and we hope to organise events throughout the year to really make the most of what we have."
The regeneration of the skatepark has been driven by the users themselves and the project was supported by Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council. He said: “The communities of skaters and other wheeled sports from across the Lewes District spoke with one voice when they campaigned for a better facility. As a result, the skatepark will be the envy of other towns from across East and West Sussex, attracting people from far and wide to hone their skills at the fantastic new venue.”
The funds for the £200k scheme have come from several sources including the North Street Quarter development and the Veolia Environmental Trust.
Clive Wilding, Director of Santon North Street, said: “The North Street Quarter scheme will include an upgrade of community facilities on Malling Fields and we are currently consulting local residents about what they would like these to be. The new skatepark is separate to this but I’m delighted that work is getting underway now so that it will be ready for skaters to enjoy this summer.”
Paul Taylor, Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “We support community and environmental projects across England and Wales. It is great to hear that work to improve this skatepark has started. I look forward to hearing about the project’s progress over the coming months.”
Story published on 25 February 2017