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In May 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation unveiled its plans for the opening of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The 18 months from October 2012 sees the Park transforming from an Olympic site into a brand new piece of the city, right in the heart of London’s East End. By spring 2014, the 560 acre Olympic Park will become an exciting new visitor destination and community park, unlike any other in the UK.
“London has set the blueprint for legacy and after three years of legacy planning, we are now delivering a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for everyone that will bring new homes, jobs and opportunities for sport and leisure.
“While the Park will begin to reopen from next summer, the development of this area is a 20 year project and we must continue to meet the high standards that will change people’s lives.”
“Within a year of the close of the 2012 Games, the Park will be ready to welcome not only another major sporting event, but also the thousands of residents and workers who will reap the benefits of this brand new district of the capital.
“The fantastic new sporting venues are only one part of the unfolding legacy story. The Park will help drive the growth London needs to steer it out of recession and on to long term prosperity.”
The first area will re-open from 27 July 2013 – exactly one year after the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
First to open has been the north of the Park in July 2013, which, in addition to the community hub, includes acres of vibrant green parklands and footpaths, perfect for picnics, walks and play. Also here, the Copper Box Arena, a 7,500 capacity indoor entertainment venue will host a range of community events, along with a yearly programme of high profile sports and concerts. The Legacy Corporation will celebrate the opening of the north of the Park with an event for local residents and visitors.
Second to open will be the South Plaza in Easter 2014, which will include some of the Park’s iconic venues including the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre, which will be adapted for everyday use including aqua-fitness classes, family swims and lane swimming and will have fully equipped changing rooms. The pool will be available for use at standard local London prices – currently £4.35 per swim. From Easter 2014, residents and visitors will be able to access the whole of the Park, with new entrances opening via Westfield shopping centre and Stratford High Street in Newham.
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