Tuesday 30th September – 29th meeting of 2014
Our usual meeting place at Charing Cross and then Underground to Monument walk through to Bank station and then a Central Line to Stratford. Not the best of journeys but the easiest from our meeting point. We stopped for coffee in M & S at the Westfield shopping centre. Then a walk through to the Olympic Park and such lovely warm sunny weather today making it hard to believe it is the end of September! Perfect for walking around the Olympic Park.
The area was closed after the fabulous 2012 Olympics and opened recently with all work completed leaving a fantastic park to add to this part of East London. We walked around and decided to take the boat trip along the canal. As we walked there were many people, dogs and walkers, school children all enjoying the sun. Throughout the park are lots of areas devoted to children, swings, climbing frames, hopscotch and a fabulous dancing fountain area that they can run in and out of. The planting is lovely. Large green areas with many different flowers intertwined around trees bushes and shrubs. We sat for a while near the stadium watching the world go by! The stadium is the only thing not opened to the public at the moment. It is being transformed into the home of West Ham Football Club with retracting seats revealing an athletic track for use in the summer for athletic meetings.
The boat trip started at Waterworks River and cost £7.00 lasting 45 minutes. This was a slow ride and a brilliant commentary by our lady guide a local born and breed and still living in East London. She told how the area was transformed from waste polluted industrial area to the amazing sight it is today. Along the river we spotted a kingfisher, moorhens, swans, a heron and cray flies. We sailed from the south side of the park which is quite formal in planting to the north side which is given over to wild format making a natural haven for plants and animals. Along the river are the five Olympic rings and the three Paralympic swirls which have been left as a memory of the games of 2012. We past the Aquatics Centre the Velodrome and the Orbit. At the top of the north side in the River Lea we turned around and made our way back. This was a most enjoyable trip. It is a lovely way to see the park, it is very tranquil and relaxing. I would recommend it.
We all agreed that we were very impressed and amazed at this lovely new park. It certainly has been made available to everyone. The facilities are all open to the public to make use of.
With the sun still shining as we left the park we made our separate ways home after a fabulous day in London’s newest park.