Olympic Park To Re-Open

15 January 2014, 11:48 | Updated: 15 January 2014, 11:53

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will re-open fully to Londoners on Saturday 5th April.

For just £5, locals will be able to swim in the pool where Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley won Olympic medals as the Aquatics Centre officially opens.

The towering Orbit sculpture and a new play area will also open, along with the Velodrome.

It has taken 18 months and a £300million transformation to re-open the whole of the Olympic Park.

A thousand workers have been demolishing bridges and walkways, and planting 600 new trees.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has delivered an astonishing legacy and reopening the south part of the park will delight thousands of Londoners and visitors to our city.

"No other Olympic city has come close to London’s success in delivering a lasting legacy of sporting venues, jobs, homes and simply wonderful park lands.”

Dennis Hone from the London Legacy Development Corporation added: "The opening of the south Park is a huge moment in our vision to create a new heart of east London.

"With beautiful parklands and waterways, and world-class sporting facilities the Park will become a must-visit destination for everyone – local people and visitors alike. We would encourage everyone to come and explore more from 5 April.”

Work is underway to transform the Olympic Stadium, with West Ham due to be the permanent tenants from 2016.