Crystal Palace Park has an incredible history of events, from the Pageant of London in 1911, London’s first Grand Prix motor race in 1937, through a series of famous concerts in the ’60s and ’70s, including Bob Marley’s last UK performance in the summer of 1980. We want to make the future just as bright.
Photo: © South Facing Festival
We estimate that to run the Park to the highest standards will cost approximately £1 million per year and that we will need to raise over £700,000 in additional income annually. This will help us make major improvements in Park, begin habitat restoration projects, improve the current facilities and create new ones. We also aim to increase the safety, security and environmental quality of the Park to make it a welcome place for the enjoyment of local people. In so doing, the Trust will ensure that every penny raised in the Park stays in the Park.
To generate the income required and following feedback from the local community during the formation of Crystal Palace Park Trust we are aware that there is an appetite to see the Park restored as a place for events. The Trust supports this approach, which is crucial to our financial strategy for the management of the Park in the benefit of the community and future generations. This policy outlines the ways in which the Trust will generate the income from events, working with local community groups and commercial organisations. We are seeking to ensure that there is something for everyone in the park. As the Trust grows this policy will be updated to reflect the learnings that are made in holding events to ensure that it is fit for purpose and suitable for this unique and much loved location.