The Level has recently undergone a complete restoration. 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 now working, with community volunteer support, to bring The Level activities programme into action.
Fountains at The Level
Unfortunately we're having ongoing problems with the fountains. Our contractors are working to fix an issue with the water supply.
We're doing our best to have them running from 12 noon to 4pm each day. Limiting the amount of time they are on each day is the best way to improve their reliability at the moment.
Trees at The Level
We have unfortunately recently lost two large healthy Elm trees because of subsidence on the Union Road side of the Level. For the same reason we have had to severely prune a further two Elm trees. The exact cause of the subsidence is unclear however we have identified an old drainage system under one of the trees. We are currently investigating and continue to monitor the situation.
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 at the park. 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 sides of the cafe building, including a DDA accessible 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 also 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
- 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 will be offering community spaces for hire from spring 2014. Find out more at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel
- A new community group, the Communities of The Level Forum, is working with the city council to help guide and shape the park's future.
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), please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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