Category Archives: Crystal Palace Park

Mayor Khan hits a baseball home run for Crystal Palace Park

Major League Baseball is coming back to London, starting this summer with what American organisers describe as a “quickfire, non-stop action” version of the game being staged in Crystal Palace Park. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on a whistle-stop tour … Continue reading

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Trust’s 12-month countdown to people’s takeover of park

Bromley Council wants to hand over control of the historic Crystal Palace Park to a people’s trust by April 2023. The park has been seen as a “problem” for Bromley ever since they were “gifted” the responsibility for it when … Continue reading

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Organisers reach out as Wireless returns to Crystal Palace

A large section of Crystal Palace Park will be fenced off from the public for around three weeks this summer, as the Wireless Festival returns at the start of July. Wireless was staged in south London for the first time … Continue reading

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Storms ahead after Great North Wood fuelled the industrial age

There are reminders all around us of what our ancestors have destroyed, and a new book about the Great North Wood reminds us that it is future generations who will have to deal with its effects. By STEVEN DOWNES Could … Continue reading

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£3m renovation for historic Crystal Palace Subway to go ahead

An ambitious £3million project to restore and re-open one of the last vestiges of the grand Crystal Palace has been given a green light. Bromley Council last week granted planning permission for a restoration project for the Crystal Palace Subway, … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan agrees to repair Crystal Palace swimming pools

Crystal Palace’s swimming and diving pools are set to get a multi-million facelift and repair package to enable them to re-open, after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, agreed to get the works done, a decision which City Hall today … Continue reading

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Wireless exposes disconnect between Bromley and neighbours

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The impact of the Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park last weekend, and its effect on residents in neighbouring boroughs has seen GLYNN McDONALD raise some serious questions of the park’s new trust The Wireless Festival staged in … Continue reading

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Park trust forced to issue apology after raucous rap weekend

The Crystal Palace Park Trust and its new chief exec, Bill LoSasso, faced their first crisis at the weekend, as controversy engulfed the Wireless Festival, a three-night rap event drawing crowds of 50,000 per day, where one star was arrested … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing walks in Crystal Palace Park, Sep 17 – Oct 24

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£78,000 Lottery grant puts Crystal Palace on sculpture trail

Arts group Invisible Palace has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £78,400 for their project exploring the Sculptures of Crystal Palace Park. The project is inspired by people’s responses to the remaining sculptures in the park – many … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace at risk as London squanders its Olympic legacy

Britain’s Olympic heroes and heroines had barely stepped off their homecoming flights from Tokyo than coaches and administrators were warning that the promised “sporting legacy” of greater participation and increased achievement and excellence is being squandered through neglect and lack … Continue reading

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Sundown Sessions offer free music and cinema in the park

The Crystal Palace Festival team has launched a series of free, mid-week Sundown Sessions at the Crystal Palace Bowl, in conjunction with the South Facing Festival. The South Facing Festival got underway at the weekend with packed audiences to see … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival appeals to provide creative futures

The Crystal Palace Festival has launched an appeal to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on young people from local housing estates. Festival director Noreen Meehan said “It has become very obvious that the pandemic is having a disproportionately … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Park dinosaur bridge swings into action

The architect-designed swing bridge for dinosaur island in Crystal Palace Park is now fully operational. Paid for out of grants from the Greater London Authority and £70,000 raised through a public crowdfunder, the bridge was designed by architects Tonkin Liu … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Park is electrified to get a bit of The Power

The race track around the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace has been transformed this week into a trailer park for location shooting of a blockbuster television series. Amazon Prime are adapting Naomi Alderman’s prize-winning novel The Power into a … Continue reading

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Month-long music festival aims to ‘reboot the Rusty Laptop’

A month-long festival of music, featuring acts from Dizzee Rascal to Supergrass to the English National Opera performing Tosca, and all taking place on a floating stage, has been announced today as the Crystal Palace Bowl seeks to re-establish itself … Continue reading

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Park life: Shawcross has plenty of appeal in her new role

EXCLUSIVE: Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council and Deputy Mayor of London, spoke to CLARA MURRAY about her new role as chair of the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the excitement over their latest projects Crystal Palace Park … Continue reading

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Shawcross steps up as Crystal Palace Park looks to the future

It has been a momentous week for the upkeep and improvement of one of the capital’s under-appreciated gems, writes MARTIN TEMPIA When a former head of planning at the London Borough of Bromley described Crystal Palace Park as the “unloved … Continue reading

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Tory-run Bromley looking to sell or develop public parks

Tory-run Bromley Council has drafted a policy which seeks to identify parks and green spaces “for development or disposal”. Today is the closing date for residents to submit their comments on Bromley’s Open Spaces Strategy. The Campaign for the Preservation … Continue reading

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Survey shows huge increase in walkers and cyclists in LTN

A council consultation on the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Crystal Palace  closes tonight, with some residents who live on the streets affected producing hard data to prove how by closing residential roads to rat-running vehicles more people have been using … Continue reading

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Friends group raises jaw-dropping amount for dinosaur repair

The Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (yes, it’s a thing) have been successful in raising almost £25,000 towards the cost of restoring one of Crystal Palace Park’s Grade I-listed dinosaur models. The Megalosaurus sculpture is about 170 years old and … Continue reading

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Remains of Brunel’s Crystal Palace tower granted listed status

The base and foundations of a water tower at Crystal Palace, the last remnants of one of the final engineering projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been given listed status by Historic England because of their importance to the … Continue reading

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Grumpy Old Man Wakeman declares Palace Bowl as ‘magical’

The campaign to restore the Crystal Palace Bowl as a leading London music venue got two huge boosts this week, including the backing of one of the world’s most famous rock keyboard players, Rick Wakeman, who has called it the … Continue reading

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Bob Marley’s last London gig set to be marked with blue plaque

Fund-raising to pay for a blue plaque to commemorate Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final ever live performance in London, at the Crystal Palace Bowl, was more than halfway to its target within hours of being launched this morning – … Continue reading

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Police investigate ‘heritage crime’ on park’s Victorian dinosaurs

Police are investigating damage to one of the 170-year-old, Grade I-listed dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park, believed to have been caused by acts of criminal vandalism, and which has been described as “shameful behaviour”. The Friends of Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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