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Park in Progress Tour - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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No ordinary tour of no ordinary park
From July 2013, London will have a new park to shout about, and this one, as its publicity machine suggests, will be No Ordinary Park.

But before you start imagining a place with blancmange trees, lakes filled with ideas on how to inhabit Jupiter and a park keeper that bears more than a passing resemblance to Timmy Mallett minus the way-out specs, keep in mind that this is London we're talking about, a place where extraordinary things can indeed happen but not quite that extraordinary.

So first some facts to be getting on with: the new park will be called the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it's being constructed on the site of the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Lots of new shops and restaurants are being built as part of the exciting new development, with new works of art are being added too, and when it opens in July, visitors will have a chance to use the very facilities which for one month in 2012 were the centre of attention for sports fans around the world. Want to swim in the Olympic pool? You can swim in the Olympic pool. Want to cycle around the VeloPark? You can cycle around the VeloPark. Want to run the 100-metres? You might be able to, though you'll need to check ahead on that one. There are big plans for big festivals, cultural events and concerts when it opens to the public, so be sure to check its website to see what's coming up.

In the meantime, from March to May, you can join a Park in Progress tour to find out more about the work that's being undertaken. The behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing development is a wonderful chance to see the makings of a park that will entertain millions well into the future.

Park in Progress tours, which will constantly change as the development progresses, will include a visit to the 80-metre observation platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (Anish Kapoor's red twisting steel structure that looks a bit like a mangled Blackpool Tower) as well as a bus ride through the park, taking you by the main stadium and Aquatics Centre.

Tours last an hour, cost between 7 and 15 and take place 11 times a day. To find out more, check out the tour's comprehensive FAQ page here.

[Images: Screen captures from No Ordinary Park's promo video (below)]

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Why? Be one of the first to check out what future visitors can expect.
When: 29th March to 6th May, 2013.
Phone: Ticket office: 0844 581 4995. General enquiries:
Where: Stratford, London, E20 2ST
Cost: 7 to 15
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