COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN PARK
Voluntary and community groups are benefiting from a community fund for Crystal Palace Park which offers grants of between £100 and £20,000 over a three year period.
Bids received are evaluated by a fund panel made up of a broad spectrum of local people with successful groups awarded grants to deliver specific projects and activities in the park.
Six out of ten applications in the third round of bids gained the support of the panel for full or partial funding with three invited to resubmit revised proposals.
Director of Transformation and Regeneration Marc Hume said: The community fund is a great way for the local community to get involved in creating the park they want for the future and complements the other improvements in the park funded by Bromley Council, the Mayor of London and Historic England which include building a new café, conserving some of the Grade I listed dinosaurs and Grade II listed sphinxes and south terrace steps.
The successful community projects in this round were:
Friends of Crystal Palace Subway £15,000 – a fully funded project to re-open the Crystal Palace subway which is an iconic facility enabling pedestrians to enter the park safely and is expected to increase visitor numbers. FOCPS and partners will be able to deliver a broad range of community activities in the Subway leading to fundraising to contribute towards further improvements.
Community Stakeholder Group /FOCPP £5,975.22 – a fully funded project concentrating on moveable fixtures and fittings and digital enhancements to their website which will encourage more visitors to the park.
Paxton green Timebank – Crystal Palace Park Community, Heritage, Peace and Wellbeing Garden £4,000 partially funded, this project involves gardening and landscaping incorporating Community Involvement and Improving the Space, providing opportunities for young people to get involved as well as intergenerational volunteering.
Crystal Palace Festival Group Fairy Doors Trail – A Crystal Palace Park Landmark £3,000 This organisation has a robust track record and also substantial cash support in place from local businesses. The panel recommended partial funding to enable the group to fully or partially, deliver the project.
London Wildlife Trust – Discovering the Great North Wood in Crystal Palace Park £7,200 Partial funding agreed to encourage the proposed activities in the park with the potential to engage new audiences.
Communities first Foundation – Crystal Palace National Workshop £1,800 – Partial funding was agreed to add to ‘Get Active Bromley’ funding already agreed. The project will engage young people in positive activities and encourage ongoing use of Crystal Palace Park and its facilities as well as development of new and different sporting opportunities.
Invitations to resubmit revised applications were extended to:
Emerald Ant: The Iguanodon Restaurant
Sports Active Coaching Communities: Goals Through Football
More information and how to apply is available at: www.bromley.gov.uk/cpparkcommunityprojects
(Source: Bromley council press release)