The Level: revamped park's first birthday
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Opened by the Mayor
It is now a year since The Level was transformed by the city council with a package of improvements, including ‘dancing’ fountains, a new children’s playground, a sensory garden, tables for board games, a pétanque terrain, a new skate park, and a new environmentally friendly cafe, complete with a chalk grassland green roof. A day of free activities and entertainment was held on Saturday June 14 to celebrate the first birthday of the new look park, and the festivities were launched by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch and the Mayoress Mrs Norah Fitch.
Many events and activities
The line-up of events included children’s activities, arts and crafts, sports and games, community stalls, a WI tent, and music throughout the day. There was also a Gardeners’ Q and A session – panellists will include BBC Sussex gardening expert Jean Griffin and local allotment holders Peter Taylor and Gary Murdock who were semi-finalists in BBC TV’s recent ‘Big Allotment Challenge’. The People’s History of The Level exhibition was also on show and there was a guided history walk and quiz around the park as part of the council’s programme of Healthwalks, with prizes donated by local businesses.
The restoration work
The major restoration of The Level was carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council and completed last summer. The community celebration was organised by the council and the newly formed Level Communities Forum, a group of local people committed to working with the council and others for the park’s long-term benefit. If you want to be involved you can find out more here.