In Pictures - Skirting The Olympic Park

By Craigie_B Last edited 116 months ago
In Pictures - Skirting The Olympic Park
hope this isn't one of those WWII unexploded bombs
hope this isn't one of those WWII unexploded bombs
industrial heritage
industrial heritage
why interrupt the towpath, and build this so that people have to walk through this underpass?  ugh.
why interrupt the towpath, and build this so that people have to walk through this underpass? ugh.
the park is surrounded by water - and boats have to be kept off site somehow...
the park is surrounded by water - and boats have to be kept off site somehow...
colourful graffiti - will it be here in 2012?  culture or vandalism?
colourful graffiti - will it be here in 2012? culture or vandalism?
more 'creative art'
more 'creative art'
see?
see?
chris and gabby might have to crane their necks, but they might catch some of the shotput
chris and gabby might have to crane their necks, but they might catch some of the shotput
you can't tell it's a sewer now.  honest.
you can't tell it's a sewer now. honest.
stadium's growing fast
stadium's growing fast
time for that xmas tree to come down, shurely?
time for that xmas tree to come down, shurely?
it's coming!
it's coming!
the Greenway - great walkway that happens to be built upon a huge sewer.  nice.
the Greenway - great walkway that happens to be built upon a huge sewer. nice.
counting down at Stratford station.  (now with the correct time...)
counting down at Stratford station. (now with the correct time...)
sporting exhibition in a corner of Stratford station
sporting exhibition in a corner of Stratford station
will 2012 see the same success for the home nation as in 66?
will 2012 see the same success for the home nation as in 66?

Most of us won't get a peek inside the Olympic Park until 2012 (although they do host 'open days' and there will be test events before then - and have a gander at the webcams up here). Once a month, Diamond Geezer publishes a picture of the Stadium taken from the same spot, to show progress over time.

But you can also see quite a bit right now by just walking the canal which skirts the south perimeter of the Park, and jumping up onto a part of the Green Way which cuts right through it. Londonist went on this Blue Badge guided walk on a sunny cold January morning, which sets the whole project in the context of the local area. You can see some great industrial history, lots of disastrous 70s planning decisions, areas in dire need of change, and... the Big Breakfast House, lurking about 3 inches from the blue hoarding at the edge of the Park. Who knew?

Last Updated 18 January 2009