Lee Valley Regional Park

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Identity and brand

The Lee Valley Regional Park was created on the 1st January 1967, through an Act of Parliament: the Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966.

The creators of the Regional Park wanted to provide a destination for the growing populations of London, Essex and Hertfordshire to enjoy recreation and leisure activities unavailable elsewhere. The corridor alongside the River Lee was at that time a mix of derelict and operational industrial land, undeveloped marshlands, water supply reservoirs, farmland, glasshouses and municipal parks. The new Regional Park was to transform these areas to create a continuous corridor of open space and built leisure and sports facilities that would provide a wide range of recreation and leisure opportunities


The purpose of the Park is clearly defined in the Park Act, as:
"...a place for the occupation of leisure, recreation, sport, games or amusements or any similar activity, for the provision of nature reserves and for the provision and enjoyment of entertainments of any kind."
Section 12(1) Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966



Much has been achieved since the Park was created. The Park now includes 10,000 acres (over 4,000ha) and winds its way 26 miles: along the banks of the River Lee from Ware in Hertfordshire, down through Essex, North London, and past Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to East India Dock Basin on the River Thames.


The Park is a fantastic mix of sport and leisure venues, heritage sites, gardens, nature reserves and riverside trails; offering an endless range of things to do. It is easy to reach by bike, car, train, or on foot, and visitors can spend anything from a few hours to a few days enjoying and exploring.


The Park is also one of the homes of the most exciting events in the world – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Games will not only provide a great sporting spectacle, but will deliver a lasting benefit for the Park; four world-class sports venues are to be located within the Park boundary, with the remaining Olympic venues and parklands situated alongside.

Attracting visitors

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