The Olympic site is being transformed into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a new piece of the city with state of the art venues, beautiful public parklands and a year round programme of events.
During the 18 month, almost £300million transformation project, people will be able to see the new Park take shape as the Legacy Corporation will host free public bus tours.
The tours will begin on 21st November and run until the Park begins to open in July 2013.The tours will run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and some weekends. There will be three tours a day until the spring when as the days get longer, a fourth tour will be added.
People living closest to the Park will be given priority when booking tours.
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:
“We know there’s lots of interest in what is happening to the Park and we want to make sure people can get on to the Park while it is closed and hear about our great plans. This is especially important for those people living closest to the Park who have lived with the ongoing construction on the site. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be first and foremost a local park which is why we are prioritising those living in the host boroughs of Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham and Greenwich.”
The tour guides have all been recruited from the host boroughs and are all former Olympic Delivery Authority guides. They have all been working as tour guides on the Park since September 2009 meaning they are in a unique position to tell people about the history of the site.
Steven Richards, 68, a tour guide from Hackney said:
“One of the best things about running the tours has been seeing people get enthused about the Games, and about the Park. There has been such a dramatic change in this area from a site that was virtually derelict to the Olympic Park and now the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
Des Blake, 55, a tour guide from Stratford, said:
“Doing the tours has been a great opportunity to get to know people from around the world. Now seeing the legacy of the Park take shape is brilliant. This is one of the reasons why we got the Games – it’s already benefiting the local area and helping local disabled people like myself get back into employment.”
There are approximately 11,000 places on the tours which will run from 21st November 2012 until July 2013 when the North Park will open. Demand has been high, around 700 people have already enquired about Park tours and will be found a place over the coming weeks.
Further information will be available soon on www.noordinarypark.co.uk where you can also sign up to receive regular updates about the Park.
People interested in booking a tour should contact [email protected] or call 0800 023 2030.
The £292million transformation project is called ‘Clear, Connect, Complete.’ It will clear Games overlay including the removal of temporary venues, walkways and stands, connect the Park to the surrounding areas with new roads and pathways and complete the Park’s venues to their legacy designs for everyone to enjoy.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will begin to reopen in phases from July, 2013 before fully opening in spring 2014.