Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘We are very grateful for the support of Greenwich local residents and businesses during the Games period. Greenwich Park has been a stunning venue that had been admired throughout the world. We are working hard to remove everything as quickly and safely as possible. We continue to work with the Royal Parks to ensure the Park is handed back in a good condition, and are working on a full re-instatement programme with them.
Graham Dear, Greenwich Park Manager, The Royal Parks, said: ‘Work to reinstate the areas of the Park used for the Cross Country event is already well underway and progress is good and we are now preparing to reinstate the remaining areas of the park once all the temporary infrastructure is removed. Meanwhile, it is great to see local people already making use of the large areas of the park which began to reopen in early August.’
The removal of infrastructure from Greenwich Park is a complex operation. Because of the large amounts of infrastructure that must be removed, and the large amount of construction lorries required to take equipment away, The Avenue is re-opening to pedestrians and cyclists a few days later than planned on 14 September.
Work will also continue in areas of the Park near to the playground and Maze Hill Gate, but the Playground will remain open. The tennis courts on the east side of the Park will now be handed back on 1 October.
Listed below are the timings for pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access:
Pedestrian Access from 8 September
- Blackheath Gate and Blackheath Avenue open to pedestrians
- On the west side of the Park all Gates are open. Access is available north-south along the pathway running from Creed Place Gate to Vanbrugh Park Gate. One Tree Hill, The Bandstand and The Flower Garden all open
- West-east access is possible, via Great Cross Avenue, with Crooms Hill Gate and Chesterfield Gate both open and also via Park Row Gate, the grounds of the National Maritime Museum and the Sammy Ofer pathway
- Access is also available to The Royal Observatory and the Pavilion Tea House, and there is also a viewing platform near the General James Wolfe Statue
- Jubilee Pathway will remain closed until 1 October to enable construction workers to safely remove the temporary grandstand and structures from Queen’s Field within schedule
Pedestrian Access from 14 September
- Charlton Way opens to the public
- The Avenue and St Mary’s Gate re-open to pedestrians
- All remaining Gates open to pedestrians
Cycle Access from 14 September
- Charlton Way, Blackheath Gate, Blackheath Avenue and St Mary’s Gate all open to cyclists
- The Avenue re-opens for two-way cycle access between 6am and 8.30am, and from 5.30pm until Park closing times.
Vehicle access from 14 September
- Charlton Way, Blackheath Gate and Blackheath Avenue open to vehicles
- The Avenue will remain closed to motor vehicles until 1 October
North-south access as well as east-west access in Greenwich Park has been possible since 4 August, with more parts of the Park opening everyday to Park users. Both The Flower Garden and The Children’s Playground remain open. The National Maritime Museum has remained open throughout the Games. From 8 September, sections of the Park between King George’s Road Gate and the Henry Moore statute will also reopen to Park users along with the remaining sections of Park between the Arena and the Royal Observatory.
An estimated 370,000 people visited Greenwich Park during the Games Period. The Park proved a happy hunting ground for medals for both Team GB and the Paralympics GB, with a total of 17 medals being won overall in Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon and Paralympic Dressage.
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London 2012 Paralympic Games partners:
The Worldwide Paralympic Partners who support the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the National Paralympic Committees around the world are Atos, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has sixteen domestic Tier One Partners - Acer, adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, Coca-Cola, Dow, EDF, GE, Lloyds TSB, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic and Procter and Gamble and Sainsbury’s. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are twenty-nine domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Otto Bock, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
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