London, March 30 (IANS) The Olympic Park in London opened to the public this weekend for the first time since the 2012 Games.
More than 23,000 tickets have been sold for the hour-long accompanied tours, organisers said, which offer a sneak preview before the Stratford site begins to open in July, reports Xinhua.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We promised to give people opportunities to get back on to the park as soon as possible and it is no surprise that there is a huge appetite from Londoners for these fantastic tours offering a chance to see this exciting metamorphosis first hand.”
Whole sections of the park are being rebuilt with new cafes, community centres and gardens added, as part of a 18-month scheme costing 292 million pounds ($463 million).
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reopens in part in July and will re-open fully from next year. Planners hope that within 20 years the new district will be home to 8,000 people.