London 2012: Olympic Park to reopen exactly a year after start of Games
The first part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will officially open exactly one year after the Olympic Games started.
The Olympic Park, which will be renamed once London 2012 is finished, will shut after the games for transformation work, including the taking down of temporary venues, the remodelling of permanent venues and the addition or reconfiguration of green space, roads and bridges.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the body behind the transformation of the Park, today announced the first area of the site will reopen on July 27 2013, exactly a year after the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
This will be part of the North Park, which will include a nature-themed community hub and playground, parklands and the Multi-Use Arena, which is known as the Copper Box for the Games.
Andrew Altman, chief executive of the LLDC, said: “London’s Olympic legacy was rooted in the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a place that will become one of the most thriving parts of London.
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“The creation of thousands of new homes and jobs will bring huge benefits to the area.
“The transformation will take the Park from an Olympic site to a new piece of London that’s owned and shaped by the community in and around it.
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“Above all, the Park will create a place of practical benefit for the surrounding community - a place to take your children swimming at weekends, go to school, walk your dog or go to a festival in the summer.”
The Park will have two areas. The South Park will be more urban and will contain venues including the Olympic Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre, and will be the last section to open.
The North Park will be more natural and will contain venues including the Velodrome.
All parts of the Park will be accessible to the public from Easter 2014, and by 2030 the Park will contain thousands of new homes in five neighbourhoods.