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'Turning the turf' ceremony at The Level

'Turning the turf' ceremony at The Level
Photo by Tony Mould

Transforming The Level

A ‘turning of the turf’ ceremony was held this week to mark the start of work to transform The Level in Brighton. Those attending included Environment Councillor Pete West, members of the parks projects team and representatives from the contractors; also present were children from St Bartholomew’s Primary School. The Level restoration project is being carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council with a £2.2m Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund grant.  An Aiming High Grant of £65,000 has also been awarded to help make the park more accessible for all to enjoy.

Package of improvements

A package of improvements will include a new playground with many pieces of equipment suitable for children with disabilities; ‘dancing’ fountains; a new sensory garden; tables for board games and ping pong; a pétanque and bowls court; a new skate park; a new café complete with an environmentally friendly turf roof and low energy lighting; and new public toilets including a Changing Places toilet with enough space for disabled people and their carers.

New planting and landscaping

Extensive new planting and landscaping will be carried out and additional seating provided. Historic features of the park will be restored, including the pavilions which will be used to provide community rooms and exhibition spaces. Improvements in lighting, CCTV and the presence of a full-time park manager will help to deter anti-social behaviour.

Comments about this page

  • How brilliant to see that the Level is going to be given a good makeover at last. It was a splendid place when I was a kid in the 40s and 50s. I don’t want to sound too negative here, but I hope the efforts to stop anti social behaviour work well and people are brought to book if they disrupt other folk’s fun and enjoyment. Mike Peirson.

    By Mick Peirson (25/10/2012)
  • I used to go to The Level in the 50s and 60s, loved it there. I hope they don’t make it too health and safety concious as it’s all part of growing up. We were watched over by a park keeper to keep us safe, so I suppose a park manager is the same thing. I don’t suppose there will be a pond either, too dangerous! Glad it’s having some money spent on it anyway!

    By Anne Newman (27/10/2012)

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