200,000th visitor sees completed Olympic Park ‘big build’ during Open House
The Olympic Park welcomed its 200,000th visitor as part of Open House weekend.
For the fifth year running the Olympic Park opened to the public with more than 4,000 people joining bus tours around the Olympic Park site. Visitors were able to see that the parklands are taking shape and all permanent venues are completed a year before the Games. This year, for the first time, the tours took an exclusive look inside the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
People attending Open House also had the opportunity to meet Olympians John Regis, Tessa Sanderson and Steve Backley and Parlaympians Danny Crates and Heather Frederiksen as well as key figures involved in the design, construction and legacy of the Olympic Park and the running of the Games themselves.
Throughout the creation of the Olympic Park the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has been running regular daily, evening and weekend tours of the Olympic Park for local people, schools and a huge range of organisations, which have hosted 200,000 visitors to date.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said:
'Seeing is believing and we have tried to open up the Olympic Park "big build" to as many people as possible so they can see the progress and transformation for themselves.
'Open House has been a great opportunity for thousands of people to follow the transformation of what was a predominantly industrial area into a new part of London with world class sports venues, housing and infrastructure set in a fantastic new park.'