All Better Now – more or less

Some encouraging photos from Stephen. Of course the Olympic test events were much smaller than the real thing, but the grass that’s been fenced off in the photo, where the stadium was is actually much greener than the stuff around it and it’s only October.

For a while, those green fences seemed to be here for the whole winter but no, they’re packed up and there’s more room to crunch in the leaves.

That’s not to say it’s completely as it was – Gemma asked about these structures

which look like the ones used for spectators in the summer. Frankly it would seem pretty mad to take them down only to put them up again next year – and would probably create even more damage so I’m pretty cool about them really. IMHO they’re not an eyesore.

Of course it’s in the interests of Olympophiles to make sure it’s all put right quickly after test events.We can only speculate as to how quickly the park will be set right after the world has tramped across it next year – and this is only a dilute dummy-run. Next year will be a much tougher tread and there will be fewer eyes watching to see if it’s all done in a reasonable time.  But this seems pretty okay to me.

As a not-quite-non-sequitur, though, and just to prove that the Olympic business is in no way over, I refer you to an excellent post by Darryl at 853 who has a very interesting report on the planning meeting for the Equestrian Centre at Shooters Hill.


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7 Comments to “All Better Now – more or less”

  1. Darren says:

    Credit where it’s due, they made a great job of the clean up and have put to death some of the scare stories that were doing the rounds.

    I think its worth remembering that things will finish much later next year and thus the grass growing will not happen until early 2013 but all in all I find it reassuring that they will be good to their word.

  2. Matt Haynes says:

    I might be about to make a fool of myself, but aren’t those structures actually the jumps, rather than for spectators? In which case, it would make sense to keep them if they’re using the same actual route next year. I also think they should keep them anyway… in decades to come, they’ll become overgrown and start to blend in, and then people will scratch their heads and ask the PhantomBot which is by then running the local blog if it knows their origins, or whether they’re just another of the park’s inexplicable mysteries, like the underground conduits, burial mounds, and packs of giant dog-eating squirrels.

  3. Barbara says:

    Yep – they are the jumps

  4. Indigo says:

    @ Darren, October 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Credit where it’s due, they made a great job of the clean up and have put to death some of the scare stories that were doing the rounds.

    Anyone who believes this has not gone and stood on Le Notre’s parterre. It is a mess, still. You can see where the plates were put down for service vehicles to travel over to “protect” the ground. There are bald patches all over the place.

  5. Indigo says:

    @ Matt Haynes, October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    aren’t those structures actually the jumps, … I also think they should keep them anyway… in decades to come, they’ll become overgrown

    I beg to differ. They are hideous. Everything that LOCOG does to this, the most important historically of all the London Royal Parks, adulterates its majesty and the sense of continuity and connection with its many-layered, unique and fascinating past.

  6. Chris Jones says:

    Agree with Matt, it would be good to have an intriguing reminder of the Games in years to come. Like it or lump it Indigo, in the future they will be part of the Park history hence adding to the ‘many-layered, unique and fascinating past’

  7. I agree – the park is evolving, whether we like it or not. While I don’t want to see actual damage happening to it, differences will happen – that’s just the process of time.