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Skaters delight as they get sneak peek of new park at The Level in Brighton
Skaters from across the country will travel “far and wide” to use a new skatepark after its opening this week, it has been claimed.
Talented skateboarders and BMXers were invited to put their tricks to the test at the new £200,000 skatepark facility at The Level in Brighton yesterday - and gave the park a resounding thumbs-up in the process.
The brave group have been creatively involved in the design of the park and revealed the facility would attract skaters from all over the country, such is its quality.
The new polished concrete park replaces a wooden skate ramp dating back to the 1970s and forms part of the council's £2.2million regeneration project of The Level.
Jack Micklowright, of design company Freestyle Skateparks, said the new park was “amazing”.
He said: “It's amazing and a top quality piece of work.“We went through about six or seven different designs before finally choosing one we initially came up with. It's fantastic to see it in the flesh.
“People will travel from all over the country to come here, no doubt. We're based in Watford and we'd have no problem spending an hour and a half to come down here to use it.“I expect skaters to come from far and wide to use it.”
Bob Hughes, 33, of Brighton BMX Co, said the city had needed a new skatepark for “15 years”.
He said: “I've been riding since 1992 and have been coming here frequently.
“We've needed a new park for about 15 years now and it's great to see the council supporting the scene, which is growing all the time.
“The design process took a lot of time and effort but it's been worth it.”
The new park was funded by an Olympic legacy grant of £150,000 from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund and £50,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust.
An opening ceremony of The Level will take place at 5pm on Friday.
The public will have access to the south end of the park, which includes the children's play area, fountains and sensory gardens and the new skatepark.
A spokesman from Brighton and Hove City Council said:”It's primarily intended for local people, not as a national venue.
“But if you build a facility that brilliant we're aware it's likely to attract attention further afield.”
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