Olympic Park to be inspired by children

Children at schools in east London have been given the chance to have their ideas influence the future of the Olympic Park.

Pupils aged between 13 and 15 produced a wide variety of ideas on how they think the space should be used once the Olympic Games are over.

The Olympic Park will become the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) wanted to hear from the children what they felt would benefit the area and appeal to visitors to the capital.

All of the entries were examined by a panel of judges at the Mile End Eco Pavilion in Tower Hamlets and could result in designs that will appeal to those staying in central London hotels in the future.

The top prize was given to the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets. Students came up with a design that would create an eco-garden complete with play area, wildlife garden, pond, beehives and a vegetable patch.

Other awards were given to pupils from the Eastbury Comprehensive in Barking and Dagenham. Their idea was based on the Olympic Rings and a mini park, maze and indoor educational area.

"These young people are the generation that will benefit the most from the changes to this part of East London," said LLDC chief executive Andrew Altman.

"Their enthusiasm was infectious and we were really impressed with their ideas to create an inspiring place that people will want to visit.

"Legacy plans are further ahead than any previous Olympic Host City and with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening from July 2013, it has been a fantastic way to get hundreds of young people thinking about what will happen to their area afterwards."

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