Nine projects shortlisted for Crystal Palace Park £2.4m improvements programme

Restoring the dinosaurs is one of the proposed improvements to Crystal Palace Park

Restoring the dinosaurs is one of the proposed improvements to Crystal Palace Park

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Restoring the dinosaurs and building a skate park are among the planned improvements to Crystal Palace Park as part of a £2.4m works programme.

A shortlist of nine projects has been drawn up after a public consultation which took place earlier this year.

The proposed projects include conserving the dinosaur models, the sphinxes and south terrace steps, and the Paxton basin and improving the surroundings.

There are also plans to turn the parking site in the central area back into parkland, remove parking and turnstiles from the central axis.

And there is a plan to renovate the concert platform, make improvements to the cafe and create a skate park.

Each one will be assessed to see whether it is feasible and the cost before decisions are made about which ones will happen.

As part of the improvements, which are being funded by the Mayor of London and Bromley Council, a community projects fund is being established. Groups will be able to apply for up to £20k for community projects which improve the park.

Bromley Council leader Councillor Stephen Carr said: “This is good news for the park which demonstrates Bromley Council’s absolute determination to bring about long term improvements to the park.

“We are enormously grateful for the on-going support that local groups and residents have given us and we will continue to work with local people going forwards.”

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