Rye Town Council

Rye Skate Park

October 2005 was a momentous month for the town’s younger residents – it saw the opening of the long-awaited Rye Skate Park on the Cricket Salts, New Road (A259).

Potential users were consulted on the design of the facility at every step of the way and were represented on the Steering Group. Delays in securing promised funding meant that only the base and main item of skateboard/bmx equipment could be installed at the outset; however, further equipment was
installed as soon as the necessary finance became available.

It is certainly popular: at weekends it is not unusual for there to be 50-60 users and spectators at the facility.

Although the project was initiated and lead by Rye & District Council for Voluntary Services, Rye Town Council agreed readily to take over responsibility for the installation, management and maintenance of this valued facility. The Town Council has a lease from Rother District Council allowing it to occupy the site in return for the payment of an annual peppercorn rent.

In addition to undertaking weekly safety inspections, the Town Council arranges an annual inspection of the facility by professional safety consultants specialising in play/sporting equipment.