There was a chance the other night to take a brief look at part of the sealed off Olympic Park that is due to open to the general public on Saturday.

This is probably the part of the park that visitors will see the most often being between the main stadium and the shopping centre, rather than local residents who will probably come in from around the edges.

Basically, they have broken up the large empty plaza space by the stadium that was necessary for the crowds during the games into smaller spaces more suited to its lower key usage now. A lot of effort has gone into creating a park that is less traditional than most parks and more of an adventure playground type environment.

Probably great for families, if less so for a quiet walk along the canal. I also wonder how much effort, and cost it will take to maintain all these facilities. The long term running costs are not going to be cheap.

Diamond Geezer has done a lot more in depth reporting, so I will leave a few photos of the bit being opened on Saturday.





IMG_3865Only took this photo as the thing it is protecting, is a climbing wall.


IMG_3870London Underground roundel bins?




IMG_3909Of course, the main problem with the Orbit is that is damn near impossible to take a photo of the stadium from inside it.

IMG_3951 I think it looks a lot like a blue whale, especially close up.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with:

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

One comment
  1. Annabel says:

    The new pool is very nice to swim in; at least, the training pools are – we went with the grandchildren a couple of weeks ago.

Home >> News >> Architecture