Adventure learning, sport and a new heritage footpath and garden in Crystal Palace Park get support from community fund

Published Thursday, 14 July 2016

Three more exciting new projects have been granted support from a community fund for Crystal Palace Park which offers grants of between £100 and £20,000 over a three year period.

The fund is a way for local community groups to help make the park into the kind of open space they want into the future. Other major improvements are also underway in the park funded by Bromley Council, the Mayor of London and Historic England. These include building a new café, conserving some of the Grade I listed dinosaurs and Grade II listed sphinxes and south terrace steps.

Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Carr said: “I am pleased that so many local voluntary and community groups want to get involved in putting forward innovative ideas to shape the park for generations to come. These projects are important to local people and complement well the other major improvements that Bromley Council is supporting in the park.”

Bids received are evaluated by a fund panel made up of a broad spectrum of local people with successful groups awarded grants to deliver specific projects and activities in the park. Further bids are welcomed by Friday 16 September 2016 for the next round of grants. For more information visit www.bromley.gov.uk/cpparkcommunityprojects

The three latest projects to achieve successful bids from the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund are:

Invisible Palace:  Boundaries Gate Footpath and Garden

The project will engage a wide range of volunteers to research, design and assist with building a heritage footpath and garden leading to the parks Boundaries Gate inspired by a ‘desire line’ from the pedestrian crossing at the nearby junction toward the boundaries gate. The Vicars Oak which was a highly significant boundary marker, once stood at the junction where four London boroughs meet.

The panel were unanimous in their approval for this project finding it both a good, well planned application and a creative solution to modernising and improving the park landscape. Importantly the location has a very high footfall and therefore would draw people not currently using the park into it, promoting Crystal Palace Park and providing public engagement opportunities.

Sports Active Coaching Communities:  Goals Through Football Project

This project uses football as an engagement tool to work with hard to reach young people in positive sporting activities. Once engaged the project will equip participants with the skills and mind set required to progress with a focus on employment and accredited qualifications. The project will provide a year-long programme in the Park, attracting up to 300 young people into Positive Activities. £10,080 was also granted by ‘Get Active Bromley’ for this project, providing matched funding.

Wide Horizons:   Adventure Learning Outreach Project

This project will provide adventure learning outreach to schools within walking distance of the park. Activities will include orienteering, bush craft and outdoor team building, enhancing learning, wellbeing and social skills. This builds adventure into teaching using a vital local facility. Children will improve in confidence and benefit from being outside, increasing their knowledge of the park and willingness to use it outside school. The project will also offer sessions tailored to youth groups which will promote engagement of older young people. Wide Horizons is linked into a network of Bromley schools with an interest in Forest Schools and Outdoor Education who have indicated interest in the project, which will work with up to 2,000 individual children and young people, encouraging use of Crystal Palace Park both as an educational and leisure resource leading to appropriate increased use of the park.

More information and how to apply is available at:

www.bromley.gov.uk/cpparkcommunityprojects

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If you would like further information on any of these projects please get in touch.