This Is What The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Will Look Like When It Opens This Saturday

BuzzFeed was given access to the park three days before it opens to the public. This article also features an unexpected cameo by Tom Daley. Yes. Really.

1. For the last 18 months, much of the Olympic Park has looked like this: constantly under construction.

The north of the park opened last July. The swimming pool opened last month. The velodrome opened just a couple of weeks ago, but there’s still 27 acres of the park not opened yet to the public.

This changes on Saturday. The park will be open at last… transformed from a nice space to pass time between sporting events events to a park that actually will be enjoyed by tourists and residents alike.

3. The Aquatics Centre, which is nearest to the as-yet unopened south side of the park, is impressive.

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That huge artificial seating at each side? Gone.

But it wasn’t as impressive as what I stumbled across inside.

4. THIS IS A WORLD EXCLUSIVE.

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Tom Daley training in the Olympic pool. This is a day of wonder. A day of beauty.

Oh and I forgot where the zoom was on my camera so he’s a bit far.

5. HERE IS TOM DALEY DIVING INTO THE POOL.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE. WORLD EXCLUSIVE. WORLD EXCLUSIVE.

6. OK so it is a bit far away, I bet that if the photo was taken up close, it would have looked like this…

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Note: This photo was not taken by me, nor was it taken today :(

7. You may remember that the Olympic Stadium used to look something like this.

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Those dots? So incredible to jump between during London 2012.

8. Now, as it is transformed into a different type of stadium, you can’t help think that it looks like quite a depressing salad bowl.

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What will it be? The home of West Ham United Football Club. It will also be the venue for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the World Athletics Championships in 2017.

But those triangle lights are no longer there. It just looks so sad.

9. So I drew them all back in, just for you.

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10. It even looks more depressing when you view it from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (that giant twirly upside down trumpet next door).

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11. You know? This thing.

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It’s pretty weirdly sexy isn’t it? And it is open to view from the top from this weekend.

12. The views are usually amazing, but on the day that BuzzFeed went up there was just a bit of smog :(

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That’s Canary Wharf. Or Norwich. Can’t tell which.

13. NOW TO THE NEW SOUTH PARK.

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This is the play park in the centre of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which has got a swing, a super slide, a mini climbing wall, giant breadsticks, a sandpit to end all sandpits, and circular spaces where you can chillax with all of your London peers.

14. Oh btw, the swings passed the BuzzFeed test.

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15. So did the slide.

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16. There was an 100-metre promenade right next to the playpark. And what was all the way down the 100-metre promenade? DISCO BALLS.

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17. I know right? These look a bit WTF. But apparently these balls have lights in them, making funky patterns all the way down the path at night.

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This man on the press tour clearly loved them.

18. The path is also sprinkled with these funky chairs.

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So you can lie down and see each other at the same time. So practical.

Imagine your friend lying down and you opposite: “Hey there”.

19. And steps that look like this.

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20. And this.

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<3 seating.

21. Remember that absolutely huge McDonald’s?

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST… OR SO THEY SAY.

22. It is now a community cafe.

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Our tour guide promised that the south of the park will be open 24 hours a day. This is good news, but it is also sad because if you are passing through the park at 4 a.m. drunk you will likely want chips, but now there is nowhere that sells chips because there’s no McDonald’s. A delightful community cafe won’t sell chips at 4 a.m.. :(

23. There’s also this huge fountain area.

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Throwing water at different random heights, attractive for children to run in (upsetting parents within a 10-metre radius). That sort of thing.

24. There’s also this funky wall art thing.

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You turn the little squares to make large words.

IMAGINE THE SWEAR WORDS YOU CAN MAKE.

25. AND A MASSIVE WALL THING THAT CONFUSED ME.

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It’s a little bit weird right?

26. BUT WAIT… THEY’RE MAKING THIS.

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A climbing wall. An absolutely massive climbing wall.

Now that will be fun to go up after a bottle of wine at 4 a.m.

27. This will also be enjoyable to climb up at 4 a.m.

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It looks like a delightful slab of ryvita dug into the ground.

28. There are also bridges with mirrors on them.

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So you can take self-indulgent photos like this.

29. And little bridges throughout, like this one.

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30. Well done park, you’ve done good.

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Scott Bryan is the TV editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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