Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Volunteering in the Park

Dear All,

The Friends are currently pulling together the upcoming annual plan for our volunteering sessions in the park and are keen to hear from Park users what they would like to do over the coming months.

Also, if you run volunteer events in the park, and would be interested in jointly promoting them with the Friends and other groups, to give projects the best chance of support and volunteers the most choice, then get in touch using the online form.

Events for Children in the Park

...back by popular demand!

The Friends are delighted to sponsor two fantastic events in the park this summer, designed and run by Sue Holland, one of our wonderful Ranger team.

LB Bromley prices these events at £6.15 per child, but with sponsorship from the Friends of the Park, you can attend at a cost of £3 per child if you live locally.

Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Tues 19th August 2pm-4pm  
Explore the undergrowth to see what lives amongst thelogs and soil and make your very own bug home to take home
(ages 4-12yrs)

Wed 27th August 2pm-4pm
Feed the Mosasaurus guarding the dino island to gain passage  to find Igi the Iguanodon's
stolen eggs (ages 4-8 yrs)

Booking Essential (hurry limited places available)
Special price £3.00 per child (normal price £6.15). Part funded by the Friends of Crystal Palace Park.
Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult

To book a place please contact
 01689 862815 or email

To book a place please contact–
 01689 862815 or email


CP Park - Dogs day out!

  • Date: 7 Sep 2014
  • Location: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, SE19 2GA
  • Time: 11:00 - 16:00
  • Cost: Free

In partnership with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a fun day out for dogs and their families with advice on responsible dog ownership.
Dog running Come along for
  • Fun competitions
  • Arena displays
  • Agility course
  • Tag engraving
  • Micro-chipping
  • Responsible dog ownership advice
  • Charity and trade stalls
  • Refreshments
Tag engraving and micro-chipping is free of charge and subject to availability.

Donations to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home welcome.

You can register your dog in advance for the fun competitions or on the day (subject to availability).
Enquiries welcome from charity and trade stalls (no stall fees), contact us for details.
More information about responsible dog ownership is available at www.bromley.gov.uk/dogs
Event organiser:
Bromley Council
Telephone:0300 303 8658
Email: csc@bromley.gov.uk

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Give Us Your Views - Chinese Development in the Park

As a Friend of Crystal Palace Park you will, no doubt, be aware that a Chinese developer has put forward a £500,000,000 plan to rebuild The Crystal Palace on the top site of the park.

Mr Ni of the Zhong Rong Corporation, who has commissioned Ove Arup to take the plans forward, says that the design brief is ‘To create a new and exciting destination’.  Boris Johnson has said that the new building would ‘respect the past but look to the future.’ To what degree the proposed building will resemble the original is unknown at this stage, and it is unclear which parts will be open to the general public.

The Evening Standard reported recently that a short list of six leading architect practices had now been invited to submit plans including those of Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Nicholas Grimshaw.

Planning permission for the chosen scheme will be sought in autumn 2014, with intention of work starting on site in 2015 and completing in 2018. Quite a contrast to the erection of the original Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, which took less than nine months. The Zhong Rong Group (ZRG) have asked Bromley Council for 125 year lease with 100% control of the land and building before committing to the proposed development. 

The plans would also require the repeal of the 1990 Crystal Palace Act, which restricts construction on the park; as the park is also designated as Open Metropolitan Land, there is a potential threat to such land elsewhere.

Public consultation is still taking place. As a group, Friends of Crystal Palace Park is neutral at this stage. However we aim to represent our members and invite you now to let us have your views on the project.