From Park tours to boxing programmes, our projects have invited local people to be a part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and experience its benefits first-hand.
Finding North was a project developed to ensure that the local community are encouraged to to use the new Timber Lodge community centre, Unity Kitchen Cafe and Tumbling Bay Playground in the north of the Park. The programme explored the sense of community (past and present) around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to stimulate involvement from local residents and develop potential user groups and programmes for Timber Lodge.
Finding North was made up of three strands:
The first strand focused on physical connections to Timber Lodge; discovering how the local community would find their way through their neighbourhoods to visit the north of the Park in the future. With the help of designer Robin Howe, feedback was then used to encourage local people to devise paths and routes that would help them to make full use of their new Park and its facilities.
The second strand involved the development of a two-part project called A Club Collection. Here, artist Lucy Harrison researched and engaged with local clubs and individuals to provide an extensive background of community clubs in the area. This consisted of a blog, which collected details of historical and current clubs within local neighbourhoods. Participants invented clubs, societies and devised a programme of activities to happen in Timber Lodge designing posters promoting events planned for the distant future, these were on display in the Unity Kitchen Cafe at Timber Lodge.
The final strand focused on producing a launch event to unveil Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay playground. The event showcased the talents of local people and recognised them as the first people to be welcomed into the new facilities in the north of the Park. A large group portrait of participants was taken by artist Ollie Harrop and is displayed at Timber Lodge.
During 2012 and 2013 we offered the local community free boat and bus tours of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a sneak preview while it was still under construction. Groups from Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets took in some of the iconic sights of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Stadium. The tours also gave more than 6,500 local residents the opportunity to see what their Park will offer following its opening in spring 2014.