Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Update on the new Skatepark

The design for the hotly anticipated skatepark has been revealed and includes an advanced tile-and-coping cloverleaf pool – the first in London for 40 years.

Construction has now begun on site with the skatepark due to open this winter!

The new 1,100 m2 (11840 ft2) skatepark at Crystal Palace Park sees skateboarding return to one of its historic homes, where the first major UK national skateboarding competition took place in 1977, and is located right next to the site of the world-famous skateboarding half-pipe of the 1980s. The unique design of the new skatepark is the product of an intensive collaboration between skatepark firm Canvas, Kinnear Landscape Architects and local riders, blending a highly contemporary approach with references to the historic context of Crystal Palace Park.

The skatepark consists of an extended 100 metre (330 feet) long and 11metre (35 feet) wide curved concrete band, filled with a wide range of rideable terrains. At one end sits an advanced cloverleaf pool, complete with swimming pool-style stone coping and tiling. In the middle is an L-shaped steel-coping bowl, particularly suited to skilled transition riders, and offering a multitude of hips and curves. And at the other end of the skatepark is a large mellow section, aimed at those of all abilities and riding styles, and for those just seeking to explore different lines and speeds. 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.

Surrounding the skatepark – which sits in a distinctive raised tray-like platform – are a series of new grass mounds, allowing for multiple viewing and relaxation points. The wider setting of Crystal Palace Park offers a variety of other leisure, play, café and transport facilities.

A new community group – the Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark – has recently been formed, and will act as the community hub for the skatepark facility. An opening jam, demonstrations, lessons and other activities are all being planned.

Iain Borden, Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark said, "There has been huge support for a skatepark in Crystal Palace for many years and it is exciting to now see it under construction. We would like to invite riders and skaters of all abilities to join our group so we can all make the most of this new facility."

New Cafe Update

The café construction will finally start on Monday 23rd October, although some site set-up works eg fencing, cabins etc will begin next week.  
ID Verde will help the contractors with the location of the site cabins and liaise with the Parkrun group to make sure it doesn't impact on their run route.
The cabins will be on site until the end of July 2018 but we are not sure if that is indicative of when the café will open. We will keep you posted as work starts!
Here's a reminder of the design

Monday, 18 September 2017

Art for wellbeing group starts back after summer break

The wonderful Art for Wellbeing Group started back this week.

They had such a lovely morning drawing in The Secret Garden with a hot chocolate too!

The group meet on Wednesdays from 10.30am until 12pm (term time only) and will be meeting until Christmas. They meet at the Info Centre which is at the Penge Entrance to the park

All are welcome to join.

If you are interested please email art.therapyse20@gmail.com

Here are some pictures from their first session back

Friday, 15 September 2017

Update from the Great North Wood

 It has been a busy start for the Great North Wood Project, with a number of well-attended guided walks, successful family activity days, outreach sessions for community groups as well as some productive volunteer workdays which are improving woodlands for people and wildlife. It is a beautiful time to be out in the woods over the next couple of months as the autumn colours appear on the trees, migrant birds arrive for the winter and all kinds of weird and wonderful fungi creep through the leaf litter.  
Conservation volunteering
Our regular practical workdays are now well underway, with sessions taking place predominantly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays across the Great North Wood.
If you are interested in volunteering but have not already contacted us about registering as a volunteer, please do get in touch. Volunteering is a fantastic way to get to know the Great North Wood, learn new skills and meet new people.
Upcoming Events
Great North Wood talk (as part of the Ecospheres series at The Lodge in Crystal Palace Park)
Thursday 21st September 7:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday 19th October 8:00am – 9:30pm
Fungi Walks (booking essential)
Biggin Wood – Sunday 15th October 11:00am – 12:30pm
Stambourne Woodland Walk and Beaulieu Heights – Sunday 12th November 11:00am – 12:30pm
Spoon Carving Workshops at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening (booking essential)
Saturday 11th November 2:00pm – 3:30pm
A History of Sydenham Hill Wood – Evening talk at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening
Friday 24th November 7:00pm – 8:30pm
We will have more events across the Great North Wood this winter, including tree walks and a new section of our popular site-to-site Great North Wood walk.
We hope to see you at a practical workday or event soon.
Andrew, Sam, Edwin and Daniel
The Great North Wood team

Friday, 9 June 2017


Sad news over night.

More Graffiti in the park.

If you saw anything get in touch...

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Funding for the Summer Events Programme

We got it!

We are thrilled to announce that we have just secured a small grant from the Crystal Palace Park Community Project Fund to help put on a Summer Events Programme for the Park. We are working with Bromley Council and lots of other great community groups within the park to put on lots of free events all over the summer.

We will have colouring and art workshops for children

Talks about the environment

Guided tours of the park

and the Open Air Cinema returns

There is going to be lots going on and we are pulling together, with the help of the wonderful David Vallade, an events booklet which will capture all of the event details. Watch this space to find out how you can get your hands on a copy!