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Southwater Skatepark Opening - 31 July 2023

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for the opening of the Southwater Skate Park, despite the weather!

We also want to express our sincere appreciation to MP Jeremy Quin for taking the time to support the Parish Council and residents of Southwater at the opening ceremony, also Southwater Parish Councillors, staff, user consultation group, and contractors who worked behind the scenes to bring this project to completion to provide Southwater and the extreme sports community with an incredible recreational facility that will be cherished for years to come.

Since its inception in 2006, the skate and BMX park has been a thriving hub for enthusiasts not only from Southwater and Sussex but also from neighbouring areas. Known for its exceptional timber surface riding experience, the skate park earned a reputation as one of the best in the South, catering to a transition style of skating, BMX, inline skates, and scooters.

Throughout the rebuilding process, Southwater Parish Council actively engaged with the skate park users, maintaining regular contact with a dedicated user consultation group. This collaboration ensured that the new park's design resonated with the community's needs and preferences for a timber riding surface while incorporating innovative elements. The hybrid structure of galvanised steel and timber promises an exciting riding experience, reminiscent of the features valued in the original skate park.

Although the journey to reopening was not without challenges, the opening of Southwater Skate Park, Ben's Field, Stakers Lane marks a significant milestone in the community's history, made possible by the efforts of everyone mentioned above, the Parish Council’s Skate Park Rebuild Project Earmarked Reserves, Section 106 contributions, and the Insurance Settlement received after the unfortunate fire incident in August 2020.

We hope that the Southwater Skate Park will thrive as a place of friendship, and shared experiences encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Remember to always use it responsibly, respect one another and the facility itself, ensuring that this park remains a safe and enjoyable space for everyone for years to come.

We look forward to working with the users, Southwater Youth Project and Southwater Community Partnership to organise more exciting events and activities in the future. Stay tuned for updates!


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