This post was first published by My London on 11/03/2019.
A new bridge making it easier to see Crystal Palace Park’s dinosaurs will be built
Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash urged his fans to support an appeal to raise the funds.
The famous dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are up there with South London’s most popular attractions and you will soon be able to take a closer look at them.
The sculptures are located on islands in the park which members of the public can’t usually get on to.
A few times a year, a temporary bridge is erected so park visitors can take a closer look at the dinosaurs, which have been based in the park since the 1850s.
Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, who help maintain the sculptures, have been fundraising so a new, permanent bridge, which costs more than £70,000, can be built.
And the target has now been reached.
Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs said in a statement: “Thanks to the Mayor of London, over 600 generous pledges on our crowdfunding project and some enthusiastic bidding on our online auction we have raised the £70,000 we needed to build a bridge to the dinosaurs!
“We are incredibly excited and so grateful to all the individuals and organisations who pledged, bid, donated auction items, helped publicise the cause, provided logistical support and generally supported us along the way.
“We are already well under way discussing designs with our fantastic architects Tonkin Liu and engineers Arup who have given us their time and expertise, as well as donations in the form of pledges and auction lots.”
Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, real name Saul Hudson, revealed he was a fan of the dinosaurs when he encouraged his 3.6 million Twitter followers in November to help raise money for the project .
“If you feel obliged, please donate to a spot that has always held a special place in my heart,” the musician tweeted, while sharing a link to the page where you can make donations.
Anyone still wanting to support the project for the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park is asked to visit www.spacehive.com/bridges-to-the-crystal-palace-dinosaurs .