The Level was completely restored in 2013. The transformed park now provides a pleasant and thriving city centre open space that provides something for everyone to enjoy and get involved in. The council is working, with community volunteer support, to bring The Level activities programme into action.
Fountains at The Level
The popular fountains are operational and working to a pre-programmed timetable. Get details of the opening times for the fountains.
An introduction to the new Level park
Find out about the new skatepark at The Level
Sports and leisure facilities
There is a new skatepark, and also a pétanque and bowls area. The latter area is fringed with three picnic tables with specially-designed artwork chessboards embedded in them.
The playground area in the southern part has been completely upgraded with a range of inclusive equipment.
The grassed north lawns area offers open space for informal sport and leisure activities. This area has a large piece of 2D community artist-designed artwork at its centre where the paths cross.
The whole park has been extensively re-landscaped with new planting schemes including new seating throughout.
- Toilets. There are public toilets at the outer sides of the Velo cafe building, including a DDA accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet
- Café: The Velo cafe is in the centre of the park. www.velo-cafe.co.uk
- The Level is one of our Easily Accessible parks
- You can Dedicate a Bench at this park.
Points of Interest
- The Level has a large and nationally-important elm tree collection which supports a colony of White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. This endangered species lives mainly in the treetops, and the butterfly's lifecycle is entirely dependent on elms for food. The butterfly was spotted at The Level during the park's restoration, and has also been seen since.
- Find out more about The Level's fascinating history
- The Rose Walk (crossway path connecting the east and west sides of the park). This has been completely re-planted and re-landscaped to include a range of attractive and insect-friendly plants and shrubs including some roses
- Regular Healthwalks take place at this park - see www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks
- Regular play sessions take place at this park - see www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/playbus
- The two restored pavilions offer community spaces for hire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See a design plan at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel
- The Level Communities Forum volunteer group is working with the city council to help guide and shape the park's future. www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/lcf
The park's central location ensures it's very well served by buses. Brighton & Hove Buses' frequent service 25 and The Big Lemon's service 44 go to the east (Lewes Road) side, while many routes serve the Open Market stops in Ditchling Road or Oxford Street. These include the number 21, 22, 24, 26, 37, 37B, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 81 routes. Further bus information and timetables.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre, including National Cycle Route 20. These enable cyclists to avoid using the busy roads either side of the park perimeter. We have also provided several places to park and secure your bicycle around the park. We have planned for additional new cycle parking inside the park as part of the restoration. See our city cycle facilities map for more information.
The Bike Train runs group rides from The Level (these are outside the park's perimeter, and are unaffected by the current construction works.) These include daily termtime rides from the north-east corner of The Level, along Lewes Road to Falmer (Sussex University and Brighton University sites). For details of other planned bike trains, see www.biketrain.org or contact 07944 152 706.
There is on-street pay and display parking along Ditchling Road, Union Road and Lewes Road. Two disabled bays, including one which will be suitable for a minibus (with blue badge), are planned.
For more information on travelling around the city visit Journey On.
We're planning a varied and exciting activities programme as part of The Level restoration. If you're interested in volunteering with us (we have opportunities to suit everyone), email email@example.com
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