This Victorian-era park has had many uses; it served as home to the Crystal Palace football team, the local cricket club and was once used for motorcycle racing. The Crystal Palace building was also situated within this park, a large glass construction where the Great Exhibition of 1951 took place. The Palace was sadly destroyed by a fire in 1936, and today there is much debate over whether a new building should be constructed in its place or whether it should remain as it is. The sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins erected several dinosaur replicas in the park when it first opened which were fortunately restored in recent years, much to the delight of the park’s youngest visitors. Here you will also find a farm, children’s playground, lake and an outdoor stage where concerts take place in the summer. Crystal Palace Park is one of the sites that will be used for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park , Penge, SE20 8DT
Crystal Palace Park Picture Gallery
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