December 13 2013 Latest news:
Else Kvist, Reporter
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
More than one hundred thousand people have visited the north part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since it opened to the public a month ago.
The Tumbling Bay playground is said to have been a big hit with children and the Unity Kitchen Cafe, is building up a morning coffee following at Timber Lodge community centre, according to the London Legacy Development Corporation overseeing the Park.
The community centre has held a variety of events ranging from poetry reading to zumba classes since opening on July 27.
The Copper Box Arena, the first 2012 Games venue to reopen to the public, has had more than 26,500 visitors through its door since it opened on the same date.
The multi-use venue has hosted two packed out basketball matches and thousands of visitors have tried their hand at sports ranging from badminton and wheelchair basketball to indoor canoeing. Visitors have also had the chance to look at its gym and other community facilities.
The line up of events at the Park over the coming months include street theatre, National Paralympic Day, boxing title bouts, and the first league match of the arena’s resident basketball team the London Lions.
Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, overseeing the park, Dennis Hone, said: “With wheelchair basketball at the Copper Box Arena, zumba classes at Timber Lodge, poetry reading in Tumbling Bay and beautiful and peaceful parklands Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park really does has something for everyone.
“It is fantastic that so many people have visited the Park in its first month of opening and seen for themselves what it has to offer.
“With Paralympians, disability art, street theatre and top sporting action coming up this looks set to continue over the coming months.”
The Park will re-open fully next Spring.