Olympic Park in London is a sporting complex under construction for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, situated to the east of the city adjacent to the Stratford City development. It will contain the athletes' Olympic village and several of the sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. The park will be overlooked by Orbit, an observation tower and Britain's largest piece of public art. After the Olympics the park is to be known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
The Olympic Park will be put to a number of uses after the Olympics have finished:
It will form a key part of the new East London Tech City technology hub.
Olympic Park will be transformed into one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years, designed to enrich the local ecology by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species.
A new university will be founded to make use of the sporting facilities and high-tech communications infrastructure remaining after the Olympics and will specialise in sport science, digital media and green technology.
The sports facilities will be made open for use by local sports clubs and societies.
The Olympic Village will be converted into 3,600 apartments in the Stratford City development.
The Manor Garden Allotments will be reinstated.
Further housing as well as amenities will be constructed.
The Park will be home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a steel tower which when completed will be the largest public work of art in the UK.
On 2 August 2011, it was announced that the five new communities to occupy the site eventually will be named (anti-clockwise from north-east) Chobham Manor, East Wick, Sweetwater, Pudding Mill, and Marshgate Wharf. All these names have historical backgrounds.
On 27 February 2012 it was announced that an Olympic Museum will be opened at the Olympic Park in 2014. It was announced in March 2012 that England will host the 2015 European Hockey Championships, which will take place at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.
On 11 February 2011, West Ham United were selected as preferred bidders, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, to take over the stadium as a football venue after the end of the games. However, five days later Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn announced that he would be challenging the decision to allow West Ham to relocate to the stadium, as he believed that having West Ham playing within a mile of their Brisbane Road stadium could cost Orient support and even their existence. Ironically, Hearn had expressed interest some years earlier in moving Orient to Olympic Park and reducing its capacity to 25,000 seats, while West Ham will cut the capacity to 60,000 if their relocation goes ahead.