Lewes District Council has secured £200,000 of funding to upgrade Lewes Skatepark at Malling Rec. The project will see the removal of the existing ramps and the development of a new skatepark based on the design ideas of the local skaters. £25,000 of the funding has come from Veolia Environmental, with the remainder coming from developer contributions.
Five development companies were invited to propose plans for the skatepark, of which three companies, Canvas, Concreate, and Wheelscape, all submitted design proposals, and members of the public and local skaters were asked to vote on their favourite.
After counting up the votes, Wheelscape were the clear winner, and have been selected to build the new skatepark.
Lewes Skatepark is currently a series of polymer concrete and metal framed ramps and installations, making use of existing groundset on a flat tarmac surface. The existing facility has reached the end of its serviceable life. The modular ramps are beyond economic repair and an arson attack in 2015 caused severe damage to one of the units.
Despite this, the park is well used and has a thriving skate community, who are very enthusiastic about looking after the park and making full use of its facilities.
The local user group have been instrumental in getting this project off the ground and to its current stage, and it will be great to see it conclude with a fantastic new park that will be enjoyed by so many.
Lewes skatepark is located on Malling recreational ground, just behind the Tesco supermarket.
Take the 28 to South Downs Road, get off at the Sackville House stop (the office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner), and head east. The recreation ground entrance is just beyond the roundabout.