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