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There are other Olympic Parks in the world that are still great and iconic: Tokyo, Montreal, Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney, Athens, and Beijing come to mind... but Munich and London truly adhere to the "Park" in the title.

True. While Barcelona has probably the most scenic location of all Olympic Parks, namely Montjuic - with the city below -, all those parks you mentioned rather seem to me like an assembly of venues, embedded in or surrounded by some or even very little greenery. But they don't really ooze the feel of a park, of a recreational zone for everyone, right in the middle of the city. Maybe I'm unfair since I only judge those parks by photos and videos I've seen of them (in fact, I've never visited an Olympic Park in person, maybe apart from the surroundings of the Berlin Olympiastadion, which aren't a real park either).

London's and Munich's Olympic Parks are different: There, the greenery connects and even embraces the venues instead of only embedding them, the venues rather seem like a part of the greenery than the other way round.

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Oh, and I should add that Montreal of course has that very large and very green Parc Maisonneuve right beside the Olympic Park - but the problem is: It's rather located near the Olympic venues than right around them. Parc Olympique and Parc Maisonneuve are separated by Rue Sherbrooke, so they aren't really connected.

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In fact, four-pics lined-up, same perspective....Back in 2007, Games-time, now, in the future.....





Wow, seeing the timeline laid out like this is really breath taking. I first visited the site in 2007, then in 2012. I can't wait to visit it again for really see the full affect of the change. Londoners should be proud; magnificence at every level.

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The London Legacy Development Corporation today marked 50 days to go until the anniversary of London 2012 Games and the start of the phased opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The anniversary weekend will be celebrated with two events on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Open East Festival in the north of the Park and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the former Olympic Stadium.

Ahead of the anniversary weekend the Summer Events Series will see some of music’s biggest names playing in the north of the Park from 29 June.

The Summer Events Series includes Hard Rock Calling featuring Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Yahoo! Wireless headlined by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. Homegrown talent will also feature, with appearances from serial award-winner Emeli Sande and Rita Ora – tickets are still available.

Areas of the north of the Park will start to open to the public from 29 July. It is expected that residents living closest to the Park will form the bulk of the crowds until the Park fully opens in spring 2014.

Visitors will be able to use the Copper Box and the newly-built Timber Lodge containing Unity Kitchen Café and two new community events spaces and Tumbling Bay playground, as well as experience the parklands that proved such a hit with people last year.

The majority of the Park remains a construction site as the Legacy Corporation continues with its ‘Clear, Connect, Complete’ programme to remove Games-time overlay, finish the venues and connect the Park to the surrounding areas.

Concerts and other ticketed events, including Open East Festival and Lollibop will be taking place in the north of the Park – only ticketholders will be able to get access to the Park during these events.

Dennis Hone, chief executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“We want to recapture the magic of the Games one year on. That is why we are opening certain areas of the Park ahead of schedule – to give people a glimpse of what they can expect to see when it fully re-opens in spring next year. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of events to celebrate the anniversary, from athletics to children’s events that the whole family can enjoy.”

Significant progress has been made since the last milestone before the phased re-opening – both in terms of physical and social transformation.

Key achievements since 100 days to go:
  • The future of all eight permanent venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been secured, following the signing of a deal with iCITY for the Press and Broadcast Centres
  • Aquatics Centre temporary seating stands have been completely removed revealing the intended design of the building
  • Rugby World Cup 2015 confirmed matches will be held at the former Olympic Stadium.
  • Preliminary plans for Chobham Manor – the Park’s first neighbourhood consisting of around 850 homes – submitted to the local planning authority.
Notes to Editors:
  • Construction on the Park has already brought over a thousand jobs to the area, 44 per cent of workers are from the local area and there are 60 apprentices on site – the highest number on any London site.
  • Later this year the first families will begin moving into 2,818 homes, including 1,379 affordable homes on the site of the Athletes’ Village, now known as East Village.
  • Chobham Academy will also open this September, with a further three schools planned to be built on the Park over the coming years.
Full Summer events series line up:

Hard Rock Calling (29-30 June) headlined by Kasabian / Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band www.hardrockcalling.co.uk

Yahoo! Wireless (12-14 July) headlined by Justin Timberlake / Jay Zwww.wirelessfestival.co.uk

Summer Stampede: (6 July) – Mumford & Sons www.mumfordandsons.com

Electric Daisy Carnival: (20 July) www.electricdaisycarnival.com/

Lollibop (16-18 August) www.lollibopfestival.co.uk/

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games: (26-28 July) bringing athletics back to the Stadium this summer www.britishathletics.org.uk/british-athletics-series/sainsburys-anniversary-games/

Copper Box: (27 July) – first venue to open and new home to the London Lionswww.better.org.uk/copper_box

Open East Festival: (27-28 July) www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

Prudential Ride London: (3-4 August) largest cycling event in the countrywww.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

Festival of Disability Sport (7 September) www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

Transformation fact file
  • 2,274,000 hours worked on site up to the end of May
  • 1,355 people on site at peak
  • 60 apprentices in total (97 per cent from the local area)
  • 250,000m3 of soil has been re-used across the site which equates to 312,500 tonnes of material
  • 10 temporary bridges have been moved and reinstated by the time the Park is complete
  • The number of new trees planted on the site to date is 1,380 and there will be 4,300 in total
Transformation – Milestones
  • Copper Box – first venue to open on 27 July, 2013
  • North of the Park – Timber Lodge including Unity Kitchen Cafe, Tumbling Bay playground, and parklands opening to the public from 29 July
  • Aquatics centre – original design revealed following removal of temporary external structures
  • Stadium transformation works have been granted planning permission
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – New tennis courts and hockey pitches are on target for completion in late 2013
  • South Park – transformation works on landscaping has started
  • Removal of temporary bridges to create permanent landscaping
  • Northern retail access route relocated this will become Waterden Road.
Transformation – What next?
  • Lee Valley VeloPark – Cycle circuit and BMX conversion works to be completed
  • Stadium – Following planning permission, works to commence on site later in the year
  • East Marsh – Football pitches reinstated
  • Aquatics Centre – Completion of internal fit out and external landscaping.
Reuse, recycle, re-locate
  • 3,000 seats from the Basketball Arena have been reused in the permanent hockey seating at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.



And a new time lapse video: http://www.2012imagelibrary.co.uk/index.php?a=Selections&WINID=1370856987098


Global Champions Tour kicks off in London

As the sun shines down on London the best riders and horses in the world are warming up for the UK’s hottest date in showjumping – and the first major sporting event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since the Games last summer.

More info + video: http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2013/06/06/global-champions-tour-kicks-london

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Olympic Park Copper Box to host Frank Warren boxing

A deal has been agreed for six professional boxing promotions to be held at London's Olympic Park.

The Copper Box Arena, which hosted handball during the 2012 Games, will hold its first bouts on 21 September.

Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder will meet for the British middleweight title with tickets expected to be priced between £40 and £120.

Promoter Frank Warren said the deal struck with the venue should see fights staged every two months.

He said the 7,500 seat venue in Stratford was "a superb setting for boxing".

Warren added: "You have got Wembley which is 12,500 (capacity) and you have got nothing else down from that. This is half that capacity and a fabulous arena."

Dennis Hone from London Legacy Development Corporation said: "Boxing belongs in east London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will provide a powerful backdrop for the sport's heavy-hitters."

Previously it was announced that British Basketball League side London Lions would play their home matches at the Copper Box from August and badminton's London Grand Prix would be held there in October.


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2012 Team GB Glory Moments exhibition
Wednesday, 10 July, 2013 - 09:30 to Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 17:00

The Mayor’s Fund for London, in association with Team GB, brings you the first public exhibition of a unique collection of photographs showing the moment each British medal was won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Each image, captured by Getty, is signed by the medallist. There has never been - nor will there ever be - a full set of official signed Olympic images like this that capture the success, power, determination and glory of Our Greatest Team.

The Mayor’s Fund for London helps provide disadvantaged young Londoners with the skills and opportunities to get a decent job. The Olympic motto, ‘Inspire a Generation’, goes to the heart of what we do, helping young Londoners escape the threat of poverty and play a full part in London’s future as a world-class city.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm.

- See more at: http://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/team-gb-photo-exhibition#sthash.Apu9CXsk.dpuf

For the first time since their participation at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Standard Life Great Britain Men’s basketball team will be stepping out on home soil in an exciting match-up against Puerto Rico at the GLL operated Copper Box Arena ahead of EuroBasket 2013.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday 11 August 2013, the special event will see the GB men return to the former Olympic Park and play in the Copper Box Arena following the re-opening of the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 19 June 2013.

Don’t miss out and buy your tickets today from The Ticket Factory online or by calling 0844 338 8000


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There was a long illustrated article on the Queen Elizabeth Park, written by Jacquelin Magnay and titled "East Side Story" in Saturday's (22 June 2013) Telegraph colour magazine. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have been put online- and the copy I saw was my Mum's (I won't be visiting her again for another month or so...).

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East London 'better than West' for quality of life


Having taken a stroll (or rather, two half-strolls) round the perimeter of the QEOP yesterday (25 June) I can see where that notion might come from. Lots of happy-looking people cycling, strolling, boating- and of course shopping by the thousand.

On the other hand, with just a few weeks until reopening begins, the Park looks ideally suited for a large detention centre:



Also, the Stadium (here seen from the Greenway) really looks very skeletal without its controversially-funded Wrap:


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Main stage at Olympic park. Space for 60,000. In area where basketball arena was. Grass artificial!!! pic.twitter.com/DzOGzGxN3J



adrian_warner Adrian Warner18u
This is the main view from the side. With fake grass there is no need for wellies!!! More on bbc one at 630. pic.twitter.com/2IfGRSA1WB



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Earls Court Exhibition Centre - used for 1948 Olympic Games - to be razed

London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to demolish the art deco Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

The venue in west London was used in the Olympic Games in 1948 and last year, and has provided a stage for top music acts including Pink Floyd, Queen, and David Bowie.

Despite protests from neighbours, it will be bulldozed to make way for a new development which includes 7,500 high-end homes.

The Independent

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‘Stonehenge’ to relocate to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


A life-sized inflatable recreation of Stonehenge will be found in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this month to celebrate one year on from the London 2012 Games.

Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller created the work, called Sacrilege, as part of last year’s London 2012 Festival, which celebrated arts and culture around the Olympics and Paralympics. The inflatable has been across London and has toured to Paris and Hong Kong, but has never been to the Olympic Park.

It will be placed in the Park as part of the Open East Festival, which will take place on July 27 and 28.

Hadrian Garrard, director of Create London, said: “Create London and the Barbican are bringing world leading artists into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Games.

“Who wouldn’t want to bounce up and down on an inflatable Stonehenge to celebrate the start of the opening of this amazing new park? We would encourage local people to snap up tickets for what will be a fantastic day of music, theatre, food and entertainment.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Last summer London put on the greatest show on earth, culturally as well as in sporting terms, and I am thrilled to see Jeremy Deller’s inspired bouncy Stonehenge return to London for the first anniversary celebrations.

“It will add to the fun and magic of this delightful festival, which along with the other events taking place over the next few weeks shows the amazing potential the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to become one of our greatest destinations, for visitors and Londoners alike.”

Organisers of the Open East Festival - the Barbican and Create London - have also announced that Bompas & Parr have been curated to create a finale which will end each day of the event.

The duo are famed for creating dazzling spectacles including a scratch’n’sniff cinema, a walk-in cocktail, installing mini-golf and rowing boats on the roof of Selfridges, building a climbable mountain of chocolate and transforming Kew Gardens pond into a giant fruit salad.

Also announced as taking part in the festival are Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and leading east London street artist Pure Evil, who will be appearing as part of The Art Car Boot Fair, which gives visitors the chance to meet and buy work from leading artists.

Mark Camley, Director of Park Operations, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: “Open East Festival is a fantastic opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before the first phase opens to the public.

“People will be able to enjoy the beautiful parklands whilst watching the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on a big screen - it will bring the atmosphere of London 2012 back to the Park for the first time since the Games.

“Jeremy Deller’s bouncy Stonehenge will delight visitors and the surprise Bompass & Parr spectacular will entertain children and adults alike.”


The legacy of the London Olympics 2012: share your photos and stories

One year on from London 2012, what has the legacy of the Olympic Games been for you? Share your photos and stories

This time last year, you were never more than three feet from a news story about the Olympics. But, with 11 months of back-to-normal, non-Olympic life safely under our belts, it's time to take stock of the lasting impact of the Games.

If you were a spectator, volunteer or competitor at the Olympic orParalympic Games, what have been the lasting outcomes of your experience? Have you kept in touch with people you met at the Olympic Park, for instance?

If you live near one of the Olympic venues, have you seen improvements to the local area as a result of the Games?

Or if you were watching the Games from afar, were you inspired to get fit or to take up a new sport? Perhaps you bought a bicycle or tennis racquet – full of good intentions – and have never used it.

Whatever you consider London 2012 has done for you – positive or negative – let us know by sharing your photos and stories on GuardianWitness. Just click on the 'contribute' button to get started.

Closes Friday 9 August 2013 at 5pm BST.

  • GuardianWitness is the home of user-generated content on the Guardian. Contribute your video, pictures and stories, and browse news, reviews and creations submitted by others. Posts will be reviewed prior to publication on GuardianWitness, and the best pieces will feature on the Guardian site.


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A few exhibitions and events in the next weeks/months marking the first anniversary of the games:

Drawing The Games exhibition
Tuesday, 2 July, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 (All day)
Renowned artist and illustrator Nicholas Garland OBE captures the colour and spirit of the Games in this series of evocative images, which provide a unique pictorial record for future generations.
City Hall
Tube/BR London Bridge: 10 minute walk, Tower Hill: 15 minute walk.
Greater London Authority
The Queen's Walk
2012 Team GB Glory Moments exhibition
Wednesday, 10 July, 2013 - 09:00 to Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 17:30
The Mayor’s Fund for London, in association with Team GB, brings you the first public exhibition of a unique collection of photographs showing the moment each British medal was won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
City Hall
Tube/BR London Bridge: 10 minute walk, Tower Hill: 15 minute walk.
Greater London Authority
The Queen's Walk
Opening the Olympics
Open until 31 October 2013
Hear personal accounts from those who attended and were involved in the Games, and see a selection of objects and costumes from London 2012, many on view for the first time since the close of the summer spectacular.
Recognisable items on display include Tom Daley’s 28” Union Jack swimming trunks, the yellow jersey which Bradley Wiggins wore in the opening ceremony, and an Olympic torch from the official relay.
You can also step back in time to the Opening and Closing ceremonies which are recorded with a display of costumes and accessories from Mary Poppins outfit to the dramatic punk heads from the Paralympic Opening ceremony.
In addition a display of protest material captures a full picture of London 2012, remembering the ‘unofficial’ Olympic stories.
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

What The Games Makers Did Next


A Postcard to the World



The National Lottery Anniversary Run
The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

21st July 2013


Sainsbury's Anniversary Games

The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | 26th, 27th & 28th July 2013


Open East Festival

27 - 28 July 2013 / 13:30
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park open to the public

29th July 14:00

From Andy Wilkes blog (which was great for updates in the build-up to the Games)


Thanks for the link!

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From Andy Wilkes blog (which was great for updates in the build-up to the Games)


Thanks for the Link and accreditation.

Just to let you know I now work for the LLDC, London Legacy Development Corporation, back on the Park for the Legacy Build, I will be updating my blog with progress photo's as I did in the Construction & Games Time.

Andy - InsideLondon2012

"Thanks for the link!"

Hope you enjoy, The Blog goes back til early 2009 i think.

Can I use your hard work in collating all those links for the 1 year anniversay on my blog? Will give you a mention :)

Andy - InsideLondon2012

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