THE Olympics may only run from 27 July to 12 August 2012, but they are set to have a positive impact upon East London for generations to come. Hackney is one of six host boroughs for the Games, and almost a third of the Olympic Park is within its boundaries, including the 'Copperbox', a 6,000-seater arena, and the media centres, which are set to become a tech hub.
There has been significant investment in Hackney as a result of the Games, including £1.4 billion to extend the East London Line and create four new London Overground stations, and £10.7million for Hackney Marshes to provide improved pitches and changing facilities, footpaths, cycle ways and community facilities.
Famous as the home of grass roots football, the Marshes were an early training ground for some of the country's most famous players including David Beckham. This 337-acre green space now has its own sporting and visitor hub, the Hackney Marshes Centre.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) came into being in April 2012. It's role is to deliver physical, social, economic, and environmental regeneration in the Olympic Park and surrounding areas after the Games are over. This includes ensuring the long-term success of the facilities within the Olympic Park. The new body is directly accountable to the public, through the Mayor of London's office.
The borough is also working with the LLDC to develop Hackney Wick - while preserving its unique character - and to integrate it with the new neighbourhood of East Wick, which will be created within the Olympic Park after the Games. For more info, visit: www.londonlegacy.co.uk/