New skatepark at Crystal Palace Park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2018
As part of the borough's improvement scheme, a new skatepark has opened at Crystal Palace Park, in time for the Easter holidays.
The addition will see skateboarding return to the park, where the first major UK national skateboarding competition took place in 1977.
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.
Cllr Peter Morgan, executive cllr 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 skatepark is funded by the Mayor of London and is part of a wider scheme delivered by the 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.
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.”
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 and will be operated by Brown & Green, whose mobile catering van will continue to serve hot and cold snacks near the Thicket Road entrance to the park while building works are underway.