So what did we get for our £8.77bn? In addition to an expectation-busting Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, there's the small matter of those remaining buildings and all that parkland. Officially known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the last of E20's green acres are now open to the public.
The immaculate parklands to the north launched in summer 2013, their paths and waterways enhanced by the new Timber Lodge with its cafe. Next came the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre (opened in March 2014; £3.50-£4.50 adults, £2-£2.50 concs), which is open for public swimming and diving sessions, followed by the VeloPark, home to road, track, BMX and mountain biking, and the southern section of the park. The latter comprises all the remaining parkland, including children's play areas, four walking trails, a couple of dozen public artworks, plus the attraction of ascending the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (www.visitleevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis) opened in May 2014, with two superfast hockey pitches and ten tennis courts (four indoor, six outdoor) – you can just turn up and play, although it might be advisable to book ahead.
All that remains is the Olympic Stadium, which is currently being retooled (including the addition of a roof over the seats). It is due to reopen for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, before West Ham take up permanent residence in 2016. Further ahead, the venue will host the 2017 IAAF World Championships and 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships.
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Great to cycle through, to attend fan zones, to go to the Velo Park for cycling events - really great venue.
It helps if the weather is good, but this really is a fantastic place for parents and kids alike. The food and drink at Timber Lodge Cafe is good, and Tumble Bay is a brilliant play area that is different to the norm, with an adventurous feel and loads for the kids to get stuck into. There is a huge sand area and when the sun is out its great to visit the nearby fountains afterwards for a quick splash around. There are big benches and areas to sit in outside which means you don't get stuck if your children need to stop for a break or something to eat, or need changing. If weather isn't good you can base yourselves inside, though the cafe can get busy. You will also notice that many older children - in fact almost all of them - bring along their bikes, trikes, scooters and skates etc, which they can literally ride for miles around this park. It reminds you just what a great space it really is and I look forward to seeing how the environment grows.
I love this park! Easy to get to, open 24 hours, free, beautifully designed. It has a great sandpit and water fountains for toddlers, ArcelorMittal tower scuplture, Aquatic Centre not to mention the Olympic Stadium to view up close and personal. There are places for snacks but I would grab a picnic basket and frisbee and head down to this wonderful park.
just beautiful - there is no place better to explore in London on a summers day. Take a blanket, take a picnic and just soak up this fantastic park. There is a great spot near the velodrome where you can picnic and still be near the loo's
Excellent Park.Hopefully the inspired planting in the gardens will be restored to it's former glory. Reopening of Aquatic Centre at last.We've been without pool locally for several years. It's a pity that the promises of free swims have evaporated but the swim prices are very good. I have not yet seen a published safe walking route from Stratford without going via Hackney.
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