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A new park – with a new cycle circuit!
After the Games the Lower Lea Valley would be transformed into the largest urban park created in Europe for more than 150 years. The 500 acre new urban would be connected to the tidal Thames Estuary to the South and the Hertfordshire countryside to the north.
The park would be designed to enrich the local ecology, restoring wetland habitats and planted with native species. The canals and waterways of the River Lea would be cleaned and widened, and the natural floodplains of the area would be restored to provide a new habitat for wildlife.
The communities surrounding the park would enjoy access to the open space via a network of canal towpaths, footpaths and cycleways. And world-class sports facilities would be apapted for use by sports clubs and the local community as well as elite athletes. The transformed Lower Lea Valley would play a key role in the regeneration of east London, delivering lasting environmental and sporting benefits long after the Games have closed.
A new home for sport
London 2012 would deliver a new home for sport, with facilities for both elite and grassroots competitors.
The Olympic Park would feature a range of new world-class facilities – but permanent venues would only be built where their long-term use has been identified. There will be no white elephants at a London Games.
Five of the nine competition venues in the Olympic Park would be retained, offering Athletics, Swimming, Diving, Hockey, Cycling and a range of indoor sports.
These will provide much needed competition and training facilities to elite athletes, grassroots sport and the local community. London will be able to host major national and international competitions in the future.
Together, these facilities would form part of the London Olympic Institute.
The Institute will be open to all abilities and will focus on promoting the Olympic ideal to all, through sport, culture and the environment, leaving a lasting legacy beyond the Olympics. One of Olympic Park indoor arenas would be retained as an indoor sports centre, becoming a training and competition venue and a regional home for indoor sports.
But two of the other indoor arenas are being innovatively designed to allow them to be relocated after the Games, providing sports facilities for other parts of the UK. The London Games will have a major impact in broadening and enriching our sporting culture across all 28 Olympic Sports.
Ensuring not only that Team GB enjoys a successful ‘home’ Games, but that we achieve a step change in the development of sport in Britain. Which will secure success at Olympic and Paralympic Games for many years to come.