Legacy at play
As the owners of a third of the parklands on Olympic Park and open spaces around it, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is working closely with partner organisations to deliver a number of wide ranging legacy benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The first of these was formally unveiled on 24 September with Wild Kingdom, an innovative natural play area designed to give children of all ages the opportunity to create their own playground from natural surroundings. Located at Three Mills Green, Bow, east London, which forms a key part of the 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park, the £123,000 play area was commissioned by the Authority, London Legacy Development Corporation and its charity The Legacy List. The Authority also contributed an additional £50,000 towards landscaping at Three Mills Green which is just a stones throw from Olympic Park.
Wild Kingdom was formally opened by Michael Rye OBE, vice chairman of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and represents a unique London 2012 legacy for London’s communities. Not only will children get a chance to sample rustic, natural play in the heart of the capital but a newly created amphitheatre will be used for a new programme of arts and cultural activities involving people from east London and the surrounding region.
Maintaining open spaces that attract diverse communities is crucial to the Authority’s work.This year, the Authority retained all eight of its Green Flag Awards, three of which also have Green Heritage status.
The Authority’s award winning open spaces are: Bow Creek Ecology Park, WaterWorks Nature Reserve and Walthamstow Marshes in east London; Myddelton House Gardens and Tottenham Marshes in north London; Gunpowder Park and Waltham Abbey Gardens in Essex and Rye House Gatehouse in Hertfordshire. Myddelton House Gardens, Waltham Abbey Gardens and Rye House Gatehouse also have Green Heritage Site Awards.