Extension to skate park now complete

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EXTENSION work on the town’s skate park has now been completed.

The £61,000 Phase 2 extension at the Boyley Skate Park in White Rock Gardens was completed this week in time for the annual Boyley Jam BMX event this Sunday (September 1).

The extension was funded by contributions from several agencies, such as the Safer Hastings Partnership, Hastings Borough Council, Boyley Trust, Sussex Police and The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

BMXers are expected to pack the park for competitions and demonstrations at the 12th annual Boyley Jam on Sunday, held every year in memory of local rider, Richard ‘Boyley’ Ball, a well-loved and influential BMXer who died in a car accident in May 2002, aged just 24.

Cllr Emily Westley, the council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “What better way is there to announce the opening of the Phase 2 extension to Hastings Boyley BMX Park than with the Boyley Jam!

“Every year we look forward to this event that brings together local, regional and sometimes international talent and although the date has had to be put back we know it will be as packed as usual.

“The park was already a popular well-used facility for our local BMXers and skaters but now, with this extension so much more is on offer.”

“Thanks must go to all partners for their contributions towards Phase 2. We look forward to seeing it put to the ultimate test at the spectacular Boyley Jam on Sunday from noon and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s newest talent including some up and coming female contenders.”

Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings district commander, said: “Our town has a massive BMX and skateboarder community and to know that work on Phase 2 of the skate park complete is welcome news indeed.

“So many different people have had an input into this project from teenager BMXers to local councillors.

“This park is reflective of partnership agencies and communities working together.”