Sunday, 6 April 2014

Queen Elizabeth Park Opens

From the BBC

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has opened to vandals for the first time since the London 2012 Games.

Alongside unused sports and arts venues, London's newest park features interactive water fountains that will run until the council gets bored with the idea and an adventure playground ready for taggers to make their mark.

Visitors will be able to look at the 375ft-high (114.5m) ArcelorMittal Orbit tower as it goes into decline and then closes.

It is the biggest park to be opened in London for a century.

It is hoped the attraction will shut up all the people who complained that the Olympics were a waste of money for long enough for some post-Olympics quango to disappear off with a nice fat redundancy cheque.

Visiting the park is free, although you probably won't bother.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Nice one. My sister is renting a flat in one of those soulless blocks which that Tory guy bought for a song.

The Stigler said...


Yeah. The whole thing is rotten.

The thing that will get some use will be the aquatic centre as kids like swimming. But even then, it was designed by an achingly hip architect to be a showcase building, which generally means that all the maintenance requires a few specialist companies and therefore, very expensive.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Looking on the bright side, a Sainsbury's is opening up directly across the road from them.