I've visited it a couple of times since.... as part of a bus tour of the developing Olympic site and have been lucky enough to see the transformation. The last time was in July 2011 when I could see the main buildings but the landscaping had only just begun.
|the first plastic: made on the site of the Olympic Park|
It was amazing what a different a year can make
|Velodrome July 2011|
|Velodrome July 2012|
I remember feeling quite sad when I heard they were going to bulldoze the industrial heritage. I remember walks along deserted canals with hardy wildlife living amidst the old buildings and colonising polluted riverbanks. Well, today I felt happy.
I think they've done an amazing job cleaning the place up and creating a new park.
I thought the planting was inspiring and the choice of walking routes through the park gave different views and experiences.
The planting was magnificent, inspiring... but hard to replicate I think. Once the Olympics and Paralympics are over I look forward to visiting the park in years to come to see how it grows and develops. That will be the true test of the transformation, how it stands up to the test of time.