Olympic legacy work steps up
The huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has reinforced Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s determination to capitalise on the summer’s sporting extravaganza and ensure that all four of its London 2012 venues deliver an enduring legacy for all abilities and communities for many years to come. Our legacy work was already underway before the Games even started, with Lee Valley White Water Centre, which hosted the Olympic Canoe Slalom events, the only London 2012 venue open to the public in Olympic year. On 8 September, with the Paralympic Games still underway, it became the first London 2012 venue to reopen to the public, signalling the start of a new £4.5 million development project that will create new visitor amenities and facilities for athletes.
During the Games, Lee Valley White Water Centre witnessed one of British canoeing's finest moment when Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie (pictured left) and Richard Hounslow and David Florence (pictured right) won gold and silver respectively in the Canoe Slalom Double.
Over the coming months a range of programmes designed to increase participation in paddle sports is also being launched at Lee Valley White Water Centre. The first of these is a unique social inclusion project in partnership with social housing charity B3 Living and Broxbourne Council aimed at getting vulnerable youngsters who live around the centre involved in kayaking and other paddle sport activities. The project will get underway on Halloween night when traditionally, it has been common for some young people to become involved in anti-social behaviour. Activities on offer will include white water rafting and numerous games and flat water activities based around the Halloween theme.
The Authority’s three other London 2012 venues: Lee Valley VeloPark, Lee Valley Hockey Centre and Lee Valley Tennis Centre, all of which are located on the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will implement similar innovative programmes. Like Lee Valley White Water Centre, they will combine community and elite use and deliver an enduring Olympic legacy.