Thursday, 16 November 2017

Community update – Crystal Palace Park

Please see below the latest statement from the London Borough of Bromley
 
Community update – Crystal Palace Park
 
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 23rd October 2017. However on the 24th 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. It is hoped that this project will still go ahead, and we will keep the community up to date. The next update will be on the 7th December 2017.
 
In the meantime Brown and Green will be taking over the mobile catering van near the Penge entrance. Their new van will arrive this December with hot and cold festive treats and will likely be in place until the new café opens. Brown and Green would then become the new café operator.
 
In the meantime 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. An information sharing event was held in half term, taking a last minute opportunity to reach nearby families, and further community open days will be held over the next few months at the Penge Gate information centre, and at Crystal Palace station. The full Regeneration Plan can be viewed by visiting the following link and scrolling down to agenda item 283: http://cds.bromley.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=121&MId=6040&Ver=4
 
 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Skateboarding in Crystal Palace Park


To celebrate the new skateboard park in Crystal Palace Park we asked Ian Borden, the Chair of Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark, to tell us a little bit about the history of Skateboarding in the park and the unique design of the new skatepark

'By 1976 skateboarding was booming throughout the UK. Hundreds of thousands of skateboards were sold, and youngsters all over the country were taking up the new sport. In London, one of the main centres for skateboarding was Crystal Palace Park, where the wide paths and gentle slopes provided a perfect place for riders to practice their new art. And in 1977, the Park was the setting for the first ever British National Skateboarding Championships, gaining massive national media coverage.

In the 1980s, Crystal Palace Park continued as a major venue for skateboarding, this time as the setting for a famous wooden half-pipe – a 2.5m high stand-alone ramp construction upon which some of the UK’s best skateboarders performed death-defying moves. This half-pipe even attracted pro riders from the USA, and was a lynch-pin of the UK skateboarding community.

The wide paths of the Park also provided for slalom riders, and in 1982 hosted the “Euro 82” slalom competition, attracting many international riders. And throughout the 1990s and 2000s, longboarders have continued to use some of the Path’s steeper paths, enjoying high speeds and dramatic drifting turns.

In short, for over 40 years Crystal Palace Park has been one of most important locations for UK skateboarding, welcoming a diverse range of riders of all abilities, styles and interests.

This is the history which the new Crystal Palace skatepark builds upon. The unique design here 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 the Park.

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.

All this is due to be rideable before Christmas 2017, and an official launch event is scheduled for Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018.

 A new community group – the Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark – has been formed to act as the community hub for the skatepark facility.'


 

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, 1 September 2017

Mopeds and Motorbikes in the park

We have had several e-mails in recent weeks regarding the moped and motorbike problems we are seeing not only at Crystal Palace Park but across the area.

Bromley have put together this leaflet, which includes the park as it sit in the Borough of Bromley, to give us all the correct information and useful numbers should we wish to report any activity.

Illegal Motorcycling