Walk on Olympic Park

Walk on Olympic Park

 

With the 2012 Olympics in London fastly approaching, we had a wonderful opportunity to see what is Olympic Park on London's East End.  Problem: this picture is all there is to it.  Sure, there are a ton of buildings that have intended purposes throughout the East End and what are considered the five Olympic buroughs.  But, there isn't a lot to be excited about.  I've written majority of my blogs from a positive perspective, but having the opportunity to see this first hand, it really doesn't look like much - especially with the summer games kicking off in only months.

 

This picture is of the main stadium that is being built where the opening ceremonies will be held along with a few other games. When we found out that we would be going to see Olympic park because I know the Olympic Park in Atlanta is a huge tourist attraction from when I was living there.  I expected so much more.  Lots of lights. Colorful aesthetics. I think I expected a miniature city of purely Olympic-dedicated shrines.  But, London decided that it is not very practical to have lots of buildings being built that could not be used later.  Now, aside from my personal disappointment with the scenery, this was actually quite interesting to discover - particularly because the Olympic park was intentionally designed for practicality in an ever-declining economy.

 

Let's think about something really quickly. Basketball.  When America hosts the Olympics, there are basketball and/or other sports stadiums for days to choose from.  Why?  We love basketball and it is a national sport that is celebrated in our nation.  Britain? Not so much.  You won't find a basketball stadium anywhere. Schools. Parks. Stadiums. Basketball is non-existent.  But...basketball is a major olympic sport.  To build a structure for the sole purpose of playing basketball with no future intended purposes is actually really insane and completely unreasonable for taxpayers to continue paying for something they have no use for.  This is just a small example of some of the things that London had to consider in preparing for the games.  But many of the Olympic structures are built with the intention to be removed or dismantled after the games.  The main stadium (above) is a prime example.  Only 1/2 of the structure is permanent.  The top half is built for easy dismantling once the games have concluded. The city will have use for the smaller scale of the structure, but not for the 80,000 spectators it is built to seat in the structure that is shown.

 

There was one interesting stop we made on our walk up toward the Olympic stadium.  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  The wonder that wakes us all up every morning and puts us to bed every night.

 

 

This is the point in the world that separates the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and it is the dial to which all time around the world is set to. Pretty cool huh?

 

Anyhow, this is what Olympic Park was all about. Not much to it. Just something to think about when you are watching the Summer Games this year. The "tele" might create a much grander appearance than is really there.

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