Hastings skatepark to open in February

The skatepark in development
The skatepark in development

A world-class BMX and skateboard park will be opening next month.

The project to transform the derelict White Rock Baths into a giant indoor facility with shop is nearing completion and is set to open on February 13.

Marc and Richard Moore, directors of Source BMX, are behind the project.

Richard said: “We are so excited to open the skate park to the public. It is really coming together.

“The support from Locate East Sussex has been invaluable and allowed us to push ahead with our plans.

“Being located in East Sussex means we are close to our customers and our suppliers. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Business support service Locate East Sussex helped secure funding of £320,000 for the scheme from the Regional Growth Fund, administered locally by East Sussex County Council, as well as a loan of £28,000 to Source BMX.

Thirty new jobs are being created as a result.

Philip Johnson, director of Locate East Sussex, said: “We are delighted to help Source BMX progress with this exciting move and the subsequent new jobs are fantastic news for the wider county’s economy.

“The new skatepark will be a great addition to the town which is becoming known as one of the most exciting destinations and dynamic business locations on the south coast.”

Source BMX was launched in 2003 as small bedroom-sized shop in Bexhill and has grown into a huge online and retail business operation, currently based in an old church in Braybrooke Terrace.

By 2013, Marc and Richard decided they had outgrown the church and developed plans to renovate the dilapidated White Rock Baths.

Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “We have been working for a considerable time to find a productive and appropriate use for the White Rock Baths, so this development is very exciting indeed. The Charity Committee approved the proposal, including an investment by the Foreshore Trust which owns the baths, and the council also approved the development and funding with additional funding being obtained from East Sussex County Council.

“The building has been let on a 10-year lease to Source BMX, which will establish the south coast’s first major indoor BMX and skateboard leisure centre. We are very pleased to see that the transformation of the dilapidated baths is now well on its way to completion and look forward to the facility opening very soon.”

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