One-Planet Olympics: Legacy

© David Poultney–London 2012

Key to LOGOC’s sustainability agenda is making sure that any facilities left behind are useful to the local community, enhancing citizens’ health and well-being for years to come.

The 2.5-square-kilometre Olympic Park will remain a green space for wildlife and human residents alike. The north end of the Park will provide peace and quiet for the public to enjoy while observing the biodiversity thriving in the restored habitat. The south end of the Park will retain its cafés, bars, markets and gardens, making it a lively destination for Londoners.

The Olympic Stadium will continue to host sporting, cultural and community events. The Velodrome will house a new mountain bike course and road-cycle circuit for the local community and athletes.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village will be transformed into 2,800 homes for East London residents.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre, which provides canoe slalom courses, will revert to a canoeing and kayaking venue. Completed in December 2010, this was the only London 2012 venue open for use by the public ahead of the Games.

Reaching out

As part of the London 2012 legacy, LOGOC pledged to connect young people all over the world to the power of sport. It established International Inspiration in 2009, which has reached 12 million youth in 19 countries so far. In Bangladesh, it’s helping to teach more than 250,000 children how to swim, a vital skill in a country that loses an estimated 17,000 children a year to drowning in floods. In Zambia, it trains leaders to teach youth about healthy living and HIV/AIDS, reaching more than 1.5 million people. In Brazil, the Segundo Tempo sporting scheme gives access to sport to 4 million young people – an after-school scheme that will go full circle when it comes to be tried out in London.

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