London 2012: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says Olympic Park “ideal for all”
Britain’s most successful Paralympian has given the thumbs up to the Olympic Park, saying it is accessible to both athletes and spectators.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 Paralympic gold medals in a number of Games from Barcelona in 1992 to Athens in 2004.
She said: “London is setting new standards to ensure absolutely no-one misses out, whether competitors or spectators.
“These important features are central to enabling spectators to get around the Olympic Park and venues easily – making it an ideal space for older people and parents with prams, as well as those with mobility impairments.”
Features of the Park include wider corridors, aisles and entrances to venues to make it easier for people with mobility scooters and wheelchairs to access them and move around; use of specialist computer modelling to ensure that disabled spectators have good sightlines and can see all the action; and tactile surfaces and contrasting colours to help spectators with visual impairments navigate the Olympic Park.
In the Olympic and Paralympic Village all the apartments are easily adaptable to suit individuals’ needs, and were tested by former Paralympians.
Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), said: “Inclusive design was built into the Olympic Park and its venues from the very beginning.
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“We listened to what the experts said at every step to make sure the facilities and infrastructure we were building were just right – getting the views of people with disabilities, local communities and those with high levels of technical expertise.
“The Park was a big hit during the Olympic Games and I am confident it will be just as much of a success during the Paralympic Games, with more and more people valuing the innovation and features that are designed to make it a place for everyone to go and enjoy a day out.”