The venues after the
We want to see venues that
- converted to reflect the widest range of uses, from
beginners lessons to international sports championships
- affordable, with time allocated for residents' use
- easy to access
- contributing to local priorities including health, education,
community cohesion and youth participation
- part of local community life.
The open space of the Olympic Park is perhaps the biggest prize the
Games offer. The parklands will be free for residents, and will
greatly add to the amount and quality of green space in Newham. The
planned parklands will be 100 hectares, with the majority located
in the northern end of the park.
Within the Olympic Park there are 12 areas of land which, so far,
have not been allocated uses after the Games. These areas form a
significant element of the future planning that will be take place
between now and 2012.
We are keen to ensure that the costs of the Games should not reduce
the funds spent on transforming the park into a high quality
destination after 2012.
We want to see a new place that welcomes visitors, as well as
adding green space, meeting family housing, community health,
education and business needs. While it is important that financial
considerations are taken into account, we do not support the
suggestion that sale of the land should repay the Games
The aquatics centre will be
the best swimming facility in London and the UK. It will
consist of a 50m competition pool, 25m diving pool and another 50m
The pools will be used for competition and elite training, but more
substantially for community use. Features which ensure facilities
will be welcoming for the community include moveable floors to vary
pool depth, and booms to separate the 50m pools into smaller spaces
of 15-25m length.
An additional area of leisure water - which could include including
flume rides, slides, wave machine and beach - is also being
actively developed. This reflects your view that a mix of fun and
more formal swimming provision best meets your needs.
The stadium will be converted from 80,000 seats to 25,000 after the
Games. The proposed 25,000-seat multi-sport venue could provide a
location for a number of sports, including athletics, football and
The stadium has the potential to offer a range of education, play
and community sports club facilities. Newham supports the
consideration of wider options for the stadium, including the
potential for West Ham United to play there, as well as education
based facilities being attached to the stadium buildings.
The VeloPark provides an indoor and outdoor cycling venue. The
VeloPark will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional
Park Authority who will also own the Eton Manor Hockey and Tennis
Centre and the White Water Canoe Centre just north of the M25. The
site will be transformed, retaining the 6,000 capacity Velodrome,
whilst the BMX track will have its temporary seating removed to
make way for track modifications, with a one-mile Road Cycle
Circuit and mountain biking added to this unique site.
The region will benefit from a unique facility that will be a
centre for excellence for competitive cycling in the heart of east
London. The VeloPark will also be a cycling hub with a variety of
users ranging from beginners to elite athletes with extensive
community use, outreach and sports development programmes in place
for everyone to come and have fun, learn and enjoy. The VeloPark
will join the other regional sports venues owned by Lee Valley
Regional Park Authority to create a chain of sporting excellence
along the 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park.
During the Games, Eton Manor will
be one of the main training areas with temporary swimming pools and
other training facilities. During the Paralympic Games, it will
host the Wheelchair Tennis.
After 2012, first rate tennis, hockey and off road mountain biking
will be a lasting legacy on Lee Valley's Eton Manor site. The 27
acre site will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional
Park Authority along with the neighbouring VeloPark and the White
Water Canoe Centre. Eton Manor is one of the "entrances" to Olympic
Park and the first area you come to from the north. There will be a
hockey stadium (able to accommodate World Championships) with two
competition pitches - being developed in partnership with England
Hockey - and a tennis centre with four indoor and six outdoor
courts plus five a side football pitches being developed in legacy
by the Park Authority.
The mountain bike trails, forming part of the VeloPark, will extend
onto Eton Manor. It will also be home to one of the most iconic
components of the London 2010 Games, the 110 metre wind turbine
generating sustainable energy for Olympic Park - and visible for
The different activities on site at Eton manor will be designed to
be accessible to all and to attract people of all ages and
abilities. Eton Manor will be used by a variety of target groups
from beginners to elite athletes with guaranteed extensive
community use, outreach and sports development programmes. It will
join other regional sports venues the authority owns and manages to
create a chain of sporting excellence along the 26 mile long Lee
Valley Regional Park.
Multi Purpose / Handball Arena
A multi-purpose arena, the size of four basketball courts, will be
located on the Hackney side of the Olympic Park. It is intended to
provide flexibility between community, regional training and event
use, with up to 6,000 seats retained.