Jubilee legacy promised for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The London Legacy Development Corporation, which ran more than 400 community events for the Queen's Jubilee, is promising a long lasting legacy for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Jubilee legacy promised for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Jubilee legacy promised for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Over the bank holiday weekend, more than 400 street parties, community events and pop up festivals were held across the boroughs that make-up the Park – Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

The Legacy Corporation is putting together a programme of events including concerts, exhibitions and festivals to be held in and around the Park after it begins to reopen from 27 July, 2013.  

They will kick off in the North Park with a welcoming event for residents and visitors, as well as a weekend-long cycling festival for London in August which could attract thousands of visitors and generate millions of pounds in economic benefit.

The Park’s South Plaza will then open in Easter 2014 with London’s newest public space hosting events and an array of exciting attractions like food and music festivals, concerts, cultural programmes and community events.

The Legacy Corporation is currently creating new community areas around the Park by bringing derelict buildings back into use which can be used while the Park closes in order for it to be transformed from an Olympic site into a brand new piece of the city.

They include the White Building, a new cultural centre which will open next month in a former print works in Hackney Wick with studio space for artists, a café with canal side seating and a community and event area. It follows last month’s opening of an independent cinema in Sugar House Studios, Stratford, which has been set up in an abandoned former sign writer’s workshop.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: "The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is bringing people all over London together. There is a real buzz of community spirit in the East End with hundreds of street parties and local events.

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