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Council reveals plans for new Haywards Heath skatepark

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15 January 2018

Mid Sussex District Council has revealed the final design for a brand new skatepark in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.

The new skate park has been designed by the experts at Maverick Industries, a skater run business that has installed some of the best skateparks in the UK. It will be made of concrete to ensure users have a fast and perfectly smooth ride with plenty of flow lines to choose from. The new skatepark design features a mix of ramp and street elements, designed to flow effortlessly together yet also function as 3 distinct 'zones'. At the entrance will be an open-plan 'street' area featuring a hipped bank with inset grind ledge. The central zone will have a 6ft roll-in, leading to a unique, hipped box-jump, and a 6ft quarter pipe extension. Towards the rear of the site will be 2 x 4ft half pipes linked by a spine ramp.

There will also be a circuit around the main space utilising the street bank, the roller between the spine and box jump, and the corner pockets in the transitions, which gives the feel of a 'bowl'-type setup. The proposed design is suitable for all ages, abilities and disciplines, and can be shared safely by multiple users at any one time.

The council hosted a public consultation so local skateboarders, BMX enthusiasts and scooter riders were able to have a say in the design and content of the new skate park. The designer from Maverick met with existing users and used their feedback to shape the final design. “It is fantastic to see young people getting involved in their local community, talking with their local Council and having their say on the kind of facilities they would like to see,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery. “Local teenagers were actively involved during our public consultation and their feedback has really helped to shape this final design. Their involvement has been crucial in the development of this new facility and gives local skaters exactly what they need.  

“Modern recreation facilities are so important to the health and happiness of the younger generation. These designs are really exciting and I’m sure this new skate park will bring great joy to young people for years to come.”

For more information about parks and open spaces in Mid Sussex contact the Mid Sussex District Council Landscapes Team on 01444 477439 or email parksopenspaces@midsussex.gov.uk.    

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