8/12/2011

2012 Olympic Park



As London gears up for the 2012 games next summer, officials give us a peak of what's to expect less than a year from now on the official site HERE.  The city is transforming one square mile of once industrial, contaminated land in East London into acres of green interactive space for wildlife and surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy for generations.



The souther part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere of 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 kingfish to otters.

Around 2,000 semi-mature British grown trees have been hand-picked to form the roots of thr Park's green spaces, which will be enjoyed by spectators and become a home for wildlife.  There will also be another 2,000 trees planted on the Athletes village site.



Athletic Village


The trees have been carefully selected to ensure they are 'future proof' against climate change.  They are mostly native species, such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime.  More than 300,000 wetland plants will also be planted in the Park, making this the UK's largest ever urban river and wetland planting.
Olympic Stadium

Basketball Arena

Aquatic Center
It will also be a highly accessible park, open to everyone with maintained views of the new venues and landmarks in the surrounding area.