The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, recently announced that upon the completion of the 2012 London Olympics, the Olympic Park will be transformed into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The decision was made due to the Royal Family’s long support and association with the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and thus the new public facility that will be used for sport and culture was deemed to be a suitable tribute. After the Games, the park is expected to be closed for a year, and it will be reopened in 2013.
Rt Hon Hunt MP said: “It is a great honour that Her Majesty The Queen has given her consent to name the Park the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games. Her Majesty has been supportive of London 2012 for the start and with the event taking place in her Diamond Jubilee year, it is fitting that the Park bears her name.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, supported the decision saying: “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than celebrating this significant anniversary and this historic moment for London by naming the site after Her Majesty. This will be the first time that an Olympic Park site will have both an Olympic and a royal long-term association, and brings with it fantastic benefits for local people, for East London and for the capital as a whole.”
In addition to providing sports facilities, the area will also feature a mixture of town houses, affordable flats and riverside properties which will sit next to the various venues. The site will also boast hanging gardens set 30 feet above ground, meadows, lawns, shrubs and 4,000 trees.
Baroness Ford, chair of the London Olympic Planning Committee said: “The strength of the values, heritage and power of the Royal and Olympic associations fit with our ambition for the park. We are creating a new piece of London with family neighbourhoods, open space and events, inspired by the 2012 venues that surround them.”
Via BBC News