Olympic Park Legacy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2550
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you ensure that Londoners, who in large part paid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, will be allowed access to venues inside the Olympic Park - the Stadium, the Velodrome, the Swimming Pool - before they are closed to the public and/or reduced in size?

Answer

Answer for Olympic Park Legacy

Answer for Olympic Park Legacy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have examined every conceivable option in an attempt to keep the Park open after the Games but it wasn't possible. The vital work of transforming the Park is already under way. Any delay would have meant that contracts could not be honoured, money would have been lost, and the timetable for Park re-opening would have been pushed back considerably.

I do appreciate that people would like to see the Park after the interest it has generated from the Games and that is why, together with the Legacy Corporation, I recently ran a competition called A Day on the Park to give 10,000 Paralympics tickets to Londoners to give them the opportunity to visit the Park before it closes.

When the venues re-open, under our price pledge, it will cost Londoners the same price to swim in the Aquatics Centre and use the Copperbox facilities as a leisure centre in the boroughs around the Park.