Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the biggest new park to open in London for a century.
Built for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the site has been transformed into a great park for local people and Londoners, and is already attracting tourists from across the globe.
You can now swim in the Aquatics Centre, take in the views from the Orbit, cycle round the Velodrome or BMX Track, and get fit at the Copper Box Arena.
|The park in numbers
And with children’s play areas, giant fountains, walking trails, public art works, a mirrored multi-span bridge, climbing walls and riverside lawns, there really is something for everyone.
Wildlife gets a look in too, with new habitats including reedbeds and wetland areas, a whole host of nesting boxes, and not forgetting the flower-filled meadows so popular at the Games.
The new parkland has been designed by some of the world’s leading landscape architects and garden designers, including the team responsible for New York’s High Line.
And there’s more…
It’s not just green spaces, world-class sports facilities and visitor attractions, there are jobs and housing too. The park is expected to support up to 8000 jobs and by 2030 will be home to more than 10,000 new households, across five new neighbourhoods.
Sounds great – who’s responsible?
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), backed by the Mayor of London, is the force behind this massive transformation. Taking the Games as a starting point, it has been set up to create a new heart for east London, and oversee the development of the park over the next 20 years.
So where does the careers project fit in?
The Careers at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park project is designed to demonstrate some of the real-life jobs the park supports, and to shed light on some of the skills and experiences that people in these jobs have and use. We’ve filmed a selection of people connected with the park, talking about their jobs and giving a personal account of how they got there.
Why not take a look?
- The White Building
- The Landscape Group
- Fit for Sport
- Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
- West Ham United Community Sports Trust
- BT Sport
- Here East
- East London Business Alliance