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Shinewater Park

Location (BN23 8AT)

In the northern part of Eastbourne between the Langney and Hydneye residential areas.  About three kilometres inland from the seafront.

History

The park officially opened in 2002 and was formerly marshland pasture criss-crossed by rivers and drainage ditches.  During landscaping work nationally important Bronze Age (800 to 600BC) remains were discovered.  These included parts of a wooden track way and legged platform.  Finds included a very rare sickle with its wooden handle still intact. 

The large lakes were recently excavated as part of a wider flood control system.

Main Attractions

The park combines purpose built recreation facilities with a country park atmosphere.  Recent landscaping included the creation of two large lakes and the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs.  The park has a rich natural history viewable from the network of well surfaced paths.  A list of birds seen around Hydneye Lake has been compiled by local spotter Shirley Hilton. She has kindly made this available to us as a download if you want to compare your own sitings.

A children’s playground, Extreme Supreme skate area, ball court and open playing field provide for more energetic pursuits. Every Saturday morning there is a free supervised Parkrun starting at 9:00am from near the Larkspur Drive entrance.

Facilities

  • Children’s playground

  • Skate and BMX equipment

  • All-weather court for basket ball, five-a-side football and cricket

  • Field for informal recreation

  • Fishing lake (By permit only from the Pike Angling Club)

  • Note: there are currently no toilet or refreshment facilities

Playgrounds

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Bus Transport Information

Stagecoach Buses stop on nearby Friday Street.

 

Train Transport Information
Hampden Park Train Station is approximately forty minutes walk from Shinewater Park.

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