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First picnic at the Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 11:08 20 June 2011

Ray Gipson and John Bevan from Bow take part in the first picnic at the Olympic Park

Ray Gipson and John Bevan from Bow take part in the first picnic at the Olympic Park

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A hundred residents and schoolchildren were the first to enjoy a picnic and walk at the 2012 Olympic Park.

Ray Gipson and John Bevan, pictured, from Bow were among the people living around the park invited in for a picnic last week.

The neighbours to the Olympic Park were also given a guided tour led by design team behind the recently completed parklands, including a socalled wetland bowl and riverside spectator lawn.

Hosting the picnic and walk ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “The riverside lawns, meadows, wooded hills and wetlands will help create a colourful festival atmosphere in London 2012 and become a new park for people and wildlife in legacy.”

Work is underway to create around 250 acres of parklands on former industrial land aimed at providing a colourful and festival atmosphere in 2012. After the Games it will become the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the largest urban park to have been created in the UK for over a century.

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