We took part on the tour during the weekend.
The competition may be over, but on the Olympic Park there is still a race for the finish.
In just six months time the site which covers parts of East London such as Stratford, as well as some iconic Olympic venues, will begin to be unveiled as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This isn’t just a new Park it’s a brand new piece of the city which offers state of the art iconic venues, new places to work and live and a year round program of events and activities.
This £292million project includes clearing away temporary venues and Olympic facilities – the hockey and basketball arena have already gone, and the Waterpolo will be removed before the summer. The Copper Box, which was a venue for the London Olympics and is situated in the Olympic Park, is being refitted for public use with a new gym, and sports courts for hire. This iconic sporting venue is one of five Olympic venues which make up the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are all well worth a visit. Thousands of trees, bushes and flowers are being planted creating a pleasant new Park for an afternoon stroll – and the new routes around the Park will mean that you will now be able to walk from Newham to Hackney, or Waltham Forest to Tower Hamlets with ease. Some routes are already starting to open. The Greenway, which connects Hackney Wick to Pudding Mill Lane in Stratford and runs along the Olympic Park, was recently opened, and Waterden Road will open later this year.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is fully open in spring 2014, when it will be free to come and walk around the parklands. Taking advantage of the Olympic venues such as swimming in the Aquatics Centre or hiring a court in the Copper Box will cost broadly the same as local leisure centres, and there will be an enormous variety of sports, entertainment and other events to get involved in.
But you won’t have to wait for spring 2014 to enjoy the Park including all the Olympic facilities, there are a number of events and activities in the pipeline, and we are hoping to bring concerts to the Stadium by July of this year, so it’s worth registering for our newsletter at www.noordinarypark.co.uk