New skate park is opened in Hailsham

Opening of new Hailsham skate park
Opening of new Hailsham skate park

The young people of Hailsham have celebrated the opening of a new skate park in the town.

The official opening of the Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park took place on Saturday (November 24) and was opened in memory of the Hailsham resident who tirelessly dedicated his life to supporting the children and young people of the town.

Sadly, Tony passed away in 2010 and will not see his idea come to fruition but he naming of the skate park is a fitting legacy to his tireless efforts.

The new attraction was opened with a huge firework on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field on Orion Close in the Town Farm Estate.

A Skate Jam competition and professional displays from skateboarders and BMX riders were planned but they had to be postponed due to Saturday’s downpours.

Paul Phirlwell, treasurer of the Town Farm residents association which had driven the project, said, “We are planning on making it an even bigger event next year.

“That way it will give them all a chance to get some practice in.”

Despite the bad weather, a barbecue was enjoyed and DJ provided entertainment.

The much-needed recreational area received contributions from the Changing Spaces Lottery Fund, Veolia Environment Trust, Wealden District Council, Hailsham Town Council and Hailsham residents.

Cllr Stuart Towner, who has worked on this project from the start, said, “This is a very exciting time for the Town Farm Residents Association and a long awaited facility for the young people in Hailsham.

“I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in this venture especially our project manager Kevin Smith from the Hamson Partnership, who has dealt with the ups and downs of a difficult and demanding project.”