Today, I’m taking you to one of my local parks. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London – home to the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Ten years on, it’s a fantastic place for a walk any time of the year.
The Olympic Stadium is now home to an East London football club, West Ham United. The team, playing in Premier League – one of Europe’s strongest football leagues – attracts big crowds to its home games.
Next to the stadium, there’s a strange looking red tower. It’s ArcelorMittal Orbit – UK’s tallest sculpture, a steel tower built to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics by the world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal. There’s a viewing platform at the top top providing a great spot for observing London’s skyline. You can take a lift up and down or, if you prefer, you can slide back to the ground. The thin, silver corkscrew shape you can see on the left in the photos below is the world’s longest tunnel slide! Are you brave enough?
The Olympic Park is a great place for a long walk. You’ll see seasonal flowers adorning the main pathway throughout the year, with an ocean of daffodils in spring. In autumn, the canopy of the trees boasts a full pallette all different colours.
River Lea runs through the park, attracting wildlife and adding natural beauty to the park’s landscape.
Apart from the Olympic Stadium, the park is home to the London 2012 Aquatics Centre…
…and the London 2012 VeloPark, where indoor cycling events took place. The VeloPark is open to the public (for free!) and if you’re lucky, you may be able to watch people train there.
Last – but certainly not least – on a small hill next to the VeloPark, you’ll find the Olympic Rings, the symbol of Olympic Games.