A new skatepark for Crystal Palace Park

Published Friday, 16 March 2018

A new skatepark has opened at Crystal Palace Park in time for the Easter holidays.

The skatepark sees skateboarding return to the park, where the first major UK national skateboarding competition took place in 1977. The 1,100m2 (11840 ft2) wheeled sports facility was designed by Kinnear Landscape Architects and designed and installed by Canvas Ltd. 

Featuring a range of terrains for BMX, quad-skating, rollerblading, scootering and skateboarding, the skate park offers something for all abilities including a cloverleaf pool for those with more advanced skills and a mellow section for those of all abilities. The skatepark was chosen for funding following consultation with the local community supported by the relatively newly formed Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal & Recreation said, "This latest welcome news is part of our plan and commitment to improve Crystal Palace Park and I am delighted to confirm the award from our Community Grants Fund to the Friends of the Crystal Palace Skatepark to hold a summer event later this year to celebrate the new facility. The council continues to be committed to the improvement of Crystal Palace Park and is preparing an Outline Planning Application for its Regeneration Plan which could see significant capital investment in the park together with a sustainable business model and new governance arrangements."

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: "The Mayor and I are pleased to provide funding for Crystal Palace Park while Bromley Council progress with wider regeneration plans. Local residents have been clear that a new skatepark is a priority and this will add to the array of sporting and social facilities they can already enjoy."

The skatepark is funded by the Mayor of London and is part of a wider scheme delivered by the London Borough of Bromley with additional funding from Historic England. This £2.8million Improvement Scheme is nearing completion and has provided community project grants, improved access points, conservation of some of the Grade I listed dinosaurs, notably the locally named Iggy the Iguanodon and restoration of the ‘at risk’ Crystal Palace Sphinxes and South Terrace steps.

As part of the improvement scheme, works for a new café and community space which has been designed by Chris Dyson Architects has now commenced onsite, with the build due to finish in Winter 2018/19. The new café will be open in early 2019 operated by Brown & Green whose mobile catering van will continue to serve delicious hot and cold snacks near the Thicket Road entrance to the park while building works are underway.

Editor’s notes:

Alongside the current £2.8m improvement scheme in Crystal Palace Park, the London Borough of Bromley is taking forward a £23m Regeneration Plan to improve the park. More information on the park regeneration.

Canvas Spaces Ltd design and build concrete skateparks and features for the public and private sector and successfully tendered for the contract at Crystal Palace Park. Based in the UK, recent projects have included skateparks in the Bear Pit, Bristol and Royal Victoria Park in Bath. www.canvasspaces.co.uk

Kinnear Landscape Architects are the lead consultants for the Improvement Scheme in Crystal Palace Park. KLA was founded in 1991 by Lynn Kinnear and has become a practice recognised throughout Europe as one of a small number of UK practices pushing a new agenda in UK Landscape Design. kland.co.uk

The Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark is a charitable association of local skaters and riders helping to maintain, promote and activate the skatepark in Crystal Palace.

Instagram @friendscrystalpalaceskatepark

Iain Borden of Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark says: "We are delighted that skateboarding in being welcomed back to the middle of Crystal Palace Park, and that this wonderful new Skatepark is now open to riders of all ages, abilities and styles. Everyone is very welcome to join in."

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