Had a blast touring the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Unfortunately, a lot of my classmates had issues arriving to the park due to someone jumping on the railway track. It was a sobering moment for me...pulled aback by the fact that life could end in an instant. I used today to soak it all in. Being here. Living.
Our tour guides showed us around the park and included interesting facts like how eco-friendly the park was built. The aquatic center has an s shaped roof to collect rain water. The water is then used for toilets in the park. All of the facilities are being used or torn down. Sports, like water polo, aren't popular enough here so those buildings were torn down. I was amazed at how well they are utilizing the buildings. The aquatic center is open to the public at a small fee. They converted one pool to accommodate kids by raising the floor. The designer (Zaha Hadid) build it with this use later in mind.
This massive structure is the only standing monument to commemorate the last time London held the Olympics (1948). It is now converted into a really, really fast slide. Newly opened and already the tickets to go down the slide are sold out.
One of the most popular next to football (soccer) here is cycling. We were able to get inside the track. A rare occasion especially on a day like today when they held a conference.
I ventured on over into the gardens or the "green" part of the park. In reality, the whole park is fairly green. They have trees planted everywhere. They even brought in trees that were slightly bent to give the site some character and age.
On one of the walkways, I found this massive stainless steel structure.
I think the most astonishing part of this trip was knowing the facilities are open to the public. Anyone is able to walk in without paying a fee. Overall satisfied with the way London has re-utilized the site and made an effort to make it environmentally friendly.