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Park in Progress tour

The Olympic Park, off limits to the public since the end of the London 2012 Games more than six months ago, is reopening for short visits.

So far, 20,000 tickets have been purchased by people wanting to get their first glimpse of the site in Stratford where Olympic and Paralympic medals were won.

The Park in Progress Tours are set to run on weekends and during school holidays from March 29 to June 23. Visitors will have to wear hard-hats and high-visibility jackets as the venue is now once again a construction site.

It will reopen as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, complete with housing, businesses, parklands and venues to stage sporting, entertainment and community events.

"So many people want to see the park and to know why it is changing because they loved it so much when they were last here. Of course, when you take away the toilets, shops, the McDonald's and all the people, what you end up with is concrete. Part of the chance to visit is for people to understand that new things are coming but that it looks like this at the moment.It is also to try and make sure they understand that where the venues are changing they are evolving for people to use.

The swimming pool, for example, is now a swimming pool for everyone and the community, not just Olympic medallists.We are taking down the basketball arena because that is where we will start building homes. The park is becoming a place for people to live, work and play."

– Peter Tudor, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Tickets will cost £15 for adults, £10 concessions
  • Children's tickets will cost £7 for those under 17, with under-fours free
  • Special rates for groups of ten or more
  • Park is due to open in phases starting in July
  • Trees and shrubs will be added to make it a greener space

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Simon's tweets from the Park in Progress tour

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Thirty thousand tickets for the Orbit tower in the Olympic park go on sale tomorrow. @itvlondon http://t.co/csFwmO6iN6

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Tickets include a bus ride into the Olympic Park and a chance to view building work from the Orbit. @itvlondon http://t.co/0XIvzn4dYe

Sneak peak of the Park in Progress tour

ITV London has been given a preview of the new Park in Progress Tour at the Olympic Park Credit: Simon Harris/ITN
Visitors will get a bus at Pudding Mill Lane station and will put on hard hats and high-vis jackets Credit: Simon Harris/ITN
They will then be taken up the Orbit tower to see views over London Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

Tours of the Park in Progress begin on the 29th March, and tickets are on sale now.

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Orbit to close for eighteen months

by Simon Harris, Olympic Correspondent

The giant sculpture towering over London's Olympic park will remain closed to the public for eighteen months after the games.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson as a work of art and viewing platform.

It is expected to attract five thousand visitors a day when it opens on July 28th - the day after the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

But the 2,000-tonne structure will close at the end of the Parlaympics.

The post-games redevelopment of the Olympic Park means the Orbit will not re-open until Easter 2014.

The view from the top of the Orbit

by Sally Williams
The view from the top of the Orbit Credit: ITN

The view from the top of the Orbit.

Today press have been invited to come and see the view from what is said to be the UK's tallest structure.

Set next to the stadium it boasts views across the whole of london and beyond... And it's not a bad spot to watch the 100 metres from! Entry during the games will be by ticket only.

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