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OPINION: LLDC chair David Goldstone is proud of the Olympic Park’s ongoing success

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 02 August 2017

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It’s hard to believe that last Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 opening ceremony.

It seems like only yesterday that I watched the fabulous volunteers taking part and I was so excited that the Games were underway.

Five years later, we’ve just hosted the most successful Para-sports event ever; with more than 10,000 schoolchildren from Newham coming to the Stadium to see world class sport. We’re now busy getting ready to welcome back even more of the world’s best athletes and spectators to the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Since 2012, the park has been transformed into a great place to live, work and visit. Today the Park is open 24 hours, entry is free and over 16 million people have enjoyed the parklands, venues, concerts and sporting events like the Great Newham London Run.

All five permanent sporting venues are open for both the local community and world class athletes, and we’ve made sure that membership prices are no more than at other leisure centres across east London. If your child goes to school in Newham, chances are that they’ve swum in the same pool that Tom Daley trains in. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit has received rave reviews as one of the best activities in London, but don’t take my word for it - you get a discount as a Newham resident.

Thousands of new jobs are being created at Here East as well as across the park venues and through the construction that has taken place, many of which have been filled by local people.

And we’re not done yet! 24,000 homes will be built on and around the park by 2031. Development will continue with the new Cultural and Education District which will bring world-class institutions to east London.

Since 2012, the park has been transformed into a great place to live, work and visit.


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