Go with the flow - new skatepark for Haywards Heath

PR2155/NB/MF - 21/03/2018

Local skateboarders, BMX enthusiasts and scooter riders in Haywards Heath can enjoy some of the best facilities in the area thanks to a brand new skate park, which has been provided by Mid Sussex District Council.

Councillor Gary Marsh, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Service Delivery and Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth formally opened the new skatepark at Victoria Park, Haywards Heath on Tuesday 20 March 2018. They were joined by local Ward Members, Councillor Anne Boutrup, Councillor Howard Mundin and Councillor Sujan Wickremaratchi.

The facility 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 has been 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 is an open-plan 'street' area featuring a hipped bank with inset grind ledge. The central zone has a 6ft roll-in, leading to a unique, hipped box-jump, and a 6ft quarter pipe extension. Towards the rear of the site is 2 x 4ft half pipes linked by a spine ramp.

There is 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 new skatepark has been designed to ensure it is suitable for all ages, abilities and disciplines, and can be shared safely by multiple users at any one time.

Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery said:

“It’s fantastic to see this new skatepark completed so quickly and open in plenty of time for young people to enjoy this Easter and throughout the warmer months ahead. It’s so important that we provide modern recreational facilities that encourage young people to make the most of the wonderful outdoor spaces we have in Mid Sussex.”

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth added: “This skatepark is going to serve the local BMX and skater community well for many years and I’m delighted that so many of them got involved at the design stage to help us shape the wonderful facility we have here today.”

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.