Regeneration of the park
Current improvement scheme
Bromley Council and the Mayor of London agreed in 2014 to invest £2.4million in park improvements. These improvements include: the building of a new cafe and skatepark, landscaping and the removal of some disused structures, and the conservation of the Grade I listed dinosaurs and Grade II listed sphinxes. Work on the dinosaurs and sphinxes has been completed, and work on the café and skatepark will start this summer.
The council is using the 2007 Masterplan as a guide to our step-by-step programme of regeneration.
Community update and café news
During the last three years the park has seen many improvements. Landscape clutter has been removed on the central axis and a new public access point has been opened up to the dinosaur area. Many dinosaurs have been conserved, and the lake landscape and weir repaired. The sphinxes and the south terrace steps have been restored, and a skatepark is currently being built due to be completed by the end of the year.
As part of the improvement programme for the park a new café was scheduled to start being built this year. After overcoming many hurdles a works contract for the café build was awarded by the council in July 2017, and the contractor was due to start on the 23 October 2017. However on the 24 October 2017 the contractor pulled out on the basis of “unforeseen circumstances”. Consequently the council contacted the next highest scoring tenderer, and is in discussions about delivering this project and it is hoped that this will still go ahead.
In the meantime Brown and Green, who run cafés at Crystal Palace station and other sites in the area, have taken over the mobile catering van near the Penge entrance.The Life van offers a selection of hot and cold food and drink and is open seven days a week and will likely be in place until the new café opens. Brown and Green would then become the new café operator.
Work continues on the park’s Regeneration Plan, for which community consultation was undertaken throughout 2016, with the outline planning application still on course to be submitted in February. Further community open days will be held over the next few months at the Penge Gate information centre, and at Crystal Palace station. View the full Regeneration Plan.
New skatepark designs revealed
As part of the improvement scheme, construction has now begun on the new skatepark. The skatepark, which is being designed and built by Canvas Skateparks Ltd, will feature an advanced tile-and-coping cloverleaf pool – the first in London for 40 years. The skatepark consists of an extended 100 metre long and 11 metre wide curved concrete band, filled with a wide range of rideable terrains which include the cloverleaf pool, an L-shaped steel-coping bowl and a large mellow section, aimed at those of all abilities and riding styles. BMX, quad-skating, rollerblading, scootering and skateboarding have all been considered in this design, and riders of all ages and abilities will be very welcome.
The Crystal Palace Skatepark Friends group has been set up, and the skatepark is due to open this winter.
3D visualisations of the Crystal Palace Skatepark
Water based dinosaurs conserved
The second phase of work on the dinosaurs began in autumn 2016 and seven of the water-based sculptures have undergone major conservation by Skillington Workshop. In addition, smart new interpretation panels have been installed – come and visit to find out more...
Our long-term vision
A place of fun and recreation in the spirit of Paxton's vision celebrating excellence in landscape and horticulture, providing facilities and events in keeping with a park of international significance.
The council committed resources in March 2014 to bring to fruition further aspects of the Masterplan. The Regeneration Plan is not a new plan, but an updated version of the 2007 Masterplan, that is achievable within the resources available. It is a strategy that includes three interlinked plans:
- the physical regeneration of the park
- a new business model
- a new form of governance
To find out more read the information boards from our recent community event.
Find out more about the Crystal Palace Park Executive Project Board and the new Shadow Board.