Issue 11, January 2018

Matters

Work starts on new Haywards Heath skatepark

Victoria Park skateparkThe final design for a brand new skatepark in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath has been confirmed and work has already started on site to bring the plans to life.

The new skate park has been designed on behalf of the Council 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.

The new skatepark will take around 12 weeks to build and it should be ready for you to try out towards the end of April.

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