Legacy Chief Exec David Goldstone on the ever-changing Olympic Park
PUBLISHED: 12:23 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 27 May 2015
One of my favourite things about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is how much it is constantly changing and evolving.
Our newest part of the Park is Mandeville Place, an orchard created to celebrate the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Mayor of London dropped by the Park this week and got his hands dirty helping our incredible volunteers put the finishing touches to the orchard.
Fruit trees native to the homes of all the ParalympicsGB gold medallists from the London Games have been planted at Mandeville Place, as well as a new variety of apple tree grown especially for the Park called Paradise Gold. It will be a lovely spot to sit and relax during the summer, and to remind us of the incredible Paralympic Games.
The sporting excellence and community spirit showcased at London 2012 changed the way we view disability in the UK and abroad. The London 2012 bid made a commitment to deliver the most accessible games ever and it’s very important to us that the Park can be enjoyed by everyone.
At Mandeville Place we’re installing an innovative tactile map with fascinating facts that can be touched, read or listened to. We have also recently launched the My Guide service, so that visitors with a visual impairment can enjoy all that the Park has to offer with the support of a team of specially trained sighted guides.
If you missed the Paralympics - or if you want to experience again the unique excitement they created - there are still tickets available for the world-class National Paralympic Day, which will see Paralympic stars return to the former Olympic Stadium as well as the iconic London Aquatics Centre on Sunday, July 26.
There will be a range of disability sports to try for free, and the Park is also hosting the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival – the capital’s annual showcase of deaf and disability arts.
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