Work now under way on Greenwich Park equestrian arena
April 2, 2012 by Rob Powell
WITH 115 days to go until the opening ceremony, London 2012 preparation work is now under way in Greenwich Park which will see the Queen's Field closed until November.
The flat area in the park, south of Queen's House, is where London 2012 organisers will build the temporary arena for the staging of equestrian events at this summer's London 2012 Olympics.
Two pathways running between The Avenue and the Queen's Field were also due to be closed today.
The area between Queen's Field and The Avenue will close from May onwards as work begins on building areas for broadcasters and athletes.
Small sections of the park will be closed throughout June as temporary structures are put in place and then the park will be closed to the public from 7th July until 4th August - apart from the Flower Garden and children's playground. The park will only be closed in its entirety on cross country day, 30th July.
Royal Museums Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum will remain open all summer, but the Queen's House will close in late June and not reopen until mid September. The Royal Observatory will be open as normal until mid July and then reopen early in August.
Seb Coe: "I hope you feel it is worth it"
In an open letter to residents, Locog chair Seb Coe says:
"I know there will be some disruption to Greenwich Park, the town centre and possibly your street over the next few months, and that for many of you this will have a personal impact.
But I hope you feel it is worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We have worked extremely hard to minimise the impact the Games will have, and we have listened to residents' concerns throughout."
Reinstatement is due to get started on 29th August and sections will start to reopen. The Queen's Field will be handed back to Royal Parks in November and some sections will need to be re-turfed. Grass areas that need reseeding will not get this until March 2013.