14 January 2012 Olympic Park
I want to review the Olympic Park for my website but cannot get on the official tour. Has anyone been able to do this who is disabled, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Merry replied on 26 Jan 2012 at 18:55Report abuse
Hello! I saw this posted on Facebook and Bobby suggested to reply here. First time I've contributed to a blog, I think.
I was able to go on the official tour through doing work experience with one of the sponsors. It's conducted very well. You are asked to bring some identification so they can let you in the site. There's a little office you go through to be checked. Once through you directed to the tour bus which are a lovely shade bright pink! They were aware that I would be on this particular tour so it was just like one of the normal (smaller) London buses with a ramp. There's space to position your wheelchair in. They had placed the mike amp in the same place which was slightly awkward, I just about fit in. It doesn't matter if your facing one way as they drive back around the Park so you see can see it from both sides. On the bus the was a tour guide from LOCOG who gives all the spiel about the games and it's legacy. Interesting trivia along the way! Did you know they had to find a place to rehome endangered newts before they could start the project? The tour goes all the way round the park pass the Athlete's village, The Olympic stadium and other buildings. You also drive pass the percular red structure created by Anish Kapoor that looks sort of like a Helter skelter! The tour is about an hour give or take. All in all I found it very interesting. It looks like
the Games is going to be great.