The ArcelorMittal Orbit opens on Saturday morning to visitors, the final piece in the puzzle that is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 560-acre site has been transformed since the iconic sporting tournament, with venues altered, removed or replaced to create a patchwork of grass, glass and concrete that is hoped to attract 3 million people in the next year.
The development of the Olympic Legacy in the form of a public park has been a slow process. Last month, the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre opened for swimming sessions, while the velodrome (now the Lee Valley VeloPark) opened last week for cycling sessions on both the track and the BMX course. The Copper Box opened for gym memberships and regular games from the London Lions basketball team last summer, accompanied by the north area of the park, which includes a cafe and playground.
Now, the southern section is ready to welcome visitors too. At the heart of it sits the controversial Orbit, a 114m-high viewing platform that wooed admirers as much as it appalled critics. From 10am on Saturday, the structure will be admitting adults for £15 and children for £7 to look over the area – and gaze at …read more
Source: The Movechannel