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Park in Progress: Olympic Park Tour

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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When the 2012 Olympics were first announced to be held in London, I was sceptical. Putting on my usual pessimist hate, I expected the event would cost us billions, that construction would be behind schedule, and that everything that could go wrong, would go wrong. Well, I now take my hat off and admit that I was wrong. The London Olympics was a great success, and although the Games may now be over, it's legacy lives on with the development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The park is part of a regeneration project for the East End; no longer will it be in the shadows of its fellow West End twin.

It will be years before the park is completed, but plans are already in the making for how it will be used. This will will be 'no ordinary park'. To get people interested and keep the buzz alive, there will be tours of The Park in Progress. Tickets are 15 for adults, 7 for children 5-17, and they are currently taking booking for between the 29th March - 6th May.

A bus from Pudding Mill will take you through the park, past the Stadium and Aquatics Centre. You will then arrive at the ArcelorMittal Orbit for a 360 degree view of the London skyline. On the tour you will learn about the development of the park and how it is evolving into London's newest green space.
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Why? This will will be 'no ordinary park'.
When: Tours begin the 29th of March 2013, for a limited time.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Cost: From 7
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