Park improvements celebrated a year on

Park improvements celebrated a year on

Park improvements celebrated a year on

Park improvements celebrated a year on

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SKATERS, scooter riders and cyclists were out in full force to celebrate the first anniversary of a refurbished city centre park.

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the event.

A Chinese lion, arts and crafts, sports, games, stalls and music were all on offer as residents came together to celebrate one year since the regeneration of The Level in Brighton.

The major £2 million restoration of The Level carried out by Brighton and Hove City Council was completed last summer so residents, councillors and park users got together for the Loving Our Level Day.

The council organised the fun day in collaboration with the newly formed Level Communities Forum – a group of people committed to working with the council and others for the park's long-term benefit.

Michael Bairstow, vice chairman of the Level Communities Forum, said: “The transformation of The Level has been amazing, there is real enthusiasm for the park and as a forum we are planning more events for the future.”

Visitors enjoyed a performance from Adriana Lord from the Banyan Tree Theatre Group.

The group entertained with storytelling, dance and song sessions for the children.

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The Women’s Institute was also on hand with members from the Brighton Belles group, Hanover Queen and the Witches of Bevendean there to help out selling cakes and appealing for new members.

A team of volunteer Level Makers was also on hand to meet and greet visitors.

And residents’ associations hosted an information marquee, showcasing successful estate regeneration projects.

There was also a gardening question-and-answer session which featured gardening expert Jean Griffin.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council's environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “The restoration of The Level has been a big success and the new-look park is extremely popular.”

The People’s History of The Level exhibition was also on show as there was a guided history walk around the park in conjunction with the council’s Healthwalks programme.

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7:29am Mon 16 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment.

I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city.
The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment. I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city. HJarrs
  • Score: 10

8:13am Mon 16 Jun 14

rolivan says...

HJarrs wrote:
The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment.

I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city.
I hope they don't have to move the Statue or demolish the Mazda Fountain in the process . Also if The Council were to finally spend some money on safeguarding the Parks from the Travellers they would have an extra at least a million pounds a year to spend on the Parks, how much have they spent this Year?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment. I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city.[/p][/quote]I hope they don't have to move the Statue or demolish the Mazda Fountain in the process . Also if The Council were to finally spend some money on safeguarding the Parks from the Travellers they would have an extra at least a million pounds a year to spend on the Parks, how much have they spent this Year? rolivan
  • Score: 8

8:21am Mon 16 Jun 14

Fercri Sakes says...

It's this kind of crazy lefty spending that's ruining our city. These Green communists in charge are building improvements for locals in the city instead of extending the M23 to the Pavillion. The Level could have been a beautiful car park but now it's filled with smiling children and happy parents. Vote these anti-car socialists out now!
It's this kind of crazy lefty spending that's ruining our city. These Green communists in charge are building improvements for locals in the city instead of extending the M23 to the Pavillion. The Level could have been a beautiful car park but now it's filled with smiling children and happy parents. Vote these anti-car socialists out now! Fercri Sakes
  • Score: -1

9:58am Mon 16 Jun 14

Kedge says...

It's a bit of a misnomer to call The Level a park. It might have been once, but now it's a recreation ground - and a very good one.
It's a bit of a misnomer to call The Level a park. It might have been once, but now it's a recreation ground - and a very good one. Kedge
  • Score: 4

9:39pm Mon 16 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

rolivan wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment.

I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city.
I hope they don't have to move the Statue or demolish the Mazda Fountain in the process . Also if The Council were to finally spend some money on safeguarding the Parks from the Travellers they would have an extra at least a million pounds a year to spend on the Parks, how much have they spent this Year?
When you move back from Brittany take a look at the plans.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The Level has been an incredible success and people were enjoying the skatepark when I walked past before 7am. Something not seen before its refurbishment. I hope that the Victoria Gardens scheme can be to the same high standard and that funding can be sought to improve parks and play areas for improvements across the city.[/p][/quote]I hope they don't have to move the Statue or demolish the Mazda Fountain in the process . Also if The Council were to finally spend some money on safeguarding the Parks from the Travellers they would have an extra at least a million pounds a year to spend on the Parks, how much have they spent this Year?[/p][/quote]When you move back from Brittany take a look at the plans. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

8:41am Tue 17 Jun 14

brightonline says...

It was a great day, however the Fair has left the grass in a terrible state with lots of litter trodden deep into the soil and lots of bald patches. Why did the Council allow the Fair back onto the Level after all that effort to reseed the site?
It was a great day, however the Fair has left the grass in a terrible state with lots of litter trodden deep into the soil and lots of bald patches. Why did the Council allow the Fair back onto the Level after all that effort to reseed the site? brightonline
  • Score: -1

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