And so it begins. I took one last stroll around the park on Sunday before much of it closed for a couple of months. The place was packed – it will be sorely missed – and though LOCOG are at pains to demonstrate that some of it remains open (a concession I’m pretty sure was only contrived because of opposition – just because protesters failed to stop the Olympics happening at all doesn’t mean that they didn’t force concessions and yes, I do believe that trees, soil and ruins have been saved – without any opposition I doubt organisers would have cared a fig) it’s the northern, most used, end that will be closed.
As you can see from Stephen’s photos, it’s an odd sight – a sunny day and a totally empty park. I’m not sure I agree with LOCOG’S assertion that “It will have little impact on visitors to the Park who will still be able to access all areas freely, except for a narrow strip of ground in certain places.”
I didn’t realise just how few tickets there are for the test events for ordinary Greenwich folk – I read 1000, which given that most people will be applying for at least 2, pretty much means there are 500 pairs available. I guess the rest go to VIPs, Olympics officials, young people and horse-community folk.
This means I now have serious doubts I’ll get a ticket unless I don a pair of short trousers and enrol myself in school pronto, so I may be calling on anyone who does get a ticket to keep us informed. I am really curious to know how this is going to impact on the park when it’s up to full strength.
Of course some of it remains open throughout – I’m sure these people are enjoying the wide open views as they run:
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