The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has unveiled plans for the London 2012 Olympic Park that will combine centuries of British park design with ground-breaking green technology to create a new type of Park for the 21st century.
The ODA is transforming former industrial land, much of it contaminated through years of industrial neglect, to create 100 hectares of parklands that will provide a colourful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
Designed by LDA Design.Hargreaves Associates and inspired by the Victorian and post-war pleasure and festival gardens, visitors to the park during the Games will enjoy broad sweeping lawns and footpaths leading down to riverbanks, ample seating and public spaces throughout the park with live screens showing the sporting action.
In legacy the Olympic Park will be a new green space for people and wildlife and will host the London 2012 legacy sports facilities including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velopark, multi-sports arena and Eton Manor outdoor sports complex.
The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere from the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern area will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.
The Olympic Park will also feature: A ‘mini-Kew gardens, an ecological park’:
and a regeneration park