Construction of new skatepark will create 'superb seafront venue'

The specialist team that built the 2012 London Olympic BMX track has been commissioned to build the new skatepark on Eastbourne seafront. 

Clark & Kent Contractors has a worldwide reputation and is now bringing their unrivalled experience and expertise to Eastbourne.

The announcement follows an extensive consultation with local user groups into the design of the skatepark.  The design team received nearly 2,000 responses from scooter, BMX and skateboard enthusiasts.

AO pro scooter rider Dante Hutchinson, a world and UK champion in 2017, said:

“I spent the best years of my life training and learning new tricks in our old seafront skatepark, great times were had there and it was where my career started. 

“I can’t wait to see the new park put back in the area, more good times will be had, more tricks to be learnt and more young people to be inspired by skatepark sports.

“Thank you so much to Eastbourne Borough Council who have invested in our sport.”

In order to ensure the consultation was as comprehensive as possible, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team visited schools, clubs and parks to gather views from skatepark users, in addition to social media surveys.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Cabinet member for tourism and leisure services, said:

“This is wonderful news that hundreds of young people in the town will welcome. 

“Clark & Kent played a key role in the 2012 London Olympics and will now create a superb seafront venue in Eastbourne. 

“The concrete construction will ensure that, unlike the wooden ramps in the old skatepark, the attraction will be much more weather resistant and durable.” 

The skatepark will be built a short distance along the promenade from the old site, which is beside the Sovereign Leisure Centre, and the memorial to Patrick Tench will be relocated to the new site. Patrick, 21, who died in 2010, was a keen BMX rider and lived in Eastbourne.

With construction due to begin before the end of the year, it is anticipated that the new skatepark will open in spring 2020.

Published on 1 October 2019