Latest news [10/04/12]:
It’s been a long time coming but at last the new skate park in Hollingdean Park, Lynchet Close, is happening! The contract has been awarded to Bendcrete.
Bendcrete will liaise with the skaters throughout the build which starts on 8th May. It is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to build. The official opening will be at T in the Park on Sunday 1st July – so get the date in your diary.
Here are the current designs for the new skatepark which is due to be built over the coming months in Hollingdean park. Please let us know what you think!
Take a look at the skatepark facebook page.
The current skatepark in Hollingdean is out of the way and completely separate from the main play park. It is not visible from the main park or the road so some of the skaters feel vulnerable and unsafe, especially the younger ones. The skatepark has been vandalised and some of the equipment has had to be removed.
When asked, the skaters preferred site was just below the football pitch in the main park. A major factor in moving the skatepark was to encourage everyone to feel safer and more secure – whether as a parent / carer / older sibling etc.
Support for the project from the local police has created an increasing feeling of community cohesion, with the skaters realising that the police are “on their side” in wanting positive activities for young people.
Skaters have been involved from the beginning of the project. The design of the new skatepark has been informed by extensive consultation with local skaters and the local community; two public meetings were held. A core group of skaters incorporated the ideas and suggestions from the skate group into a design and built a 3D model. A skatepark designer then produced the final design. A building specification is being drawn up and tenders invited. Skaters will be involved in assessing the tenders and in finalising the design with the chosen contractor.
The skatepark will be concrete comprising bowl and plaza, the site is at the bottom of a gentle slope and the skatepark will be cut down into the ground which will assist in deadening the noise. The skatepark will become integrated into the main park to become a real community park for all ages.
Members of the group are keen to act as role models and mentors for younger skaters and they already feel a sense of ownership.
It is hoped the new skatepark will be officially launched in June. Further funding will be available to run organised skate sessions for those wanting to increase their skills as well as for beginners and girls. .
The project will cost £74,999; the money has come from a variety of sources:
£49,999 from a bid to Community Spaces lottery funding; £14,800 from a Youth Capital Grant – a group of skaters were supported in writing the application for this; Hollingdean Development Trust and B&HCC have contributed the remainder.