It is hard to believe that just four months ago St James's Park, which saw a whole range of Olympic and Paralympic events including the Beach Volleyball and Marathon competitions, hosted two venues on Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall. Spectators and visitors from across the globe came to the park to enjoy watching world class athletes and to soak up what proved to be an electric atmosphere. The park was also the chosen location for the 'Our Greatest Team Parade', a celebration for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
For a number of years in the run up to the London 2012 Games, The Royal Parks and the St James's Park Management team worked closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to develop the venue and reinstatement plans. Our main priority throughout was to ensure that the impact of each venue and event on the park was kept to a minimum. After LOCOG had removed the last venue structures, our team of contractors got to work restoring the park to its former glory and reopening as much of it as possible. The majority of the park, including all paths and roads, is open to visitors.
By the end of November all of the turfing and seeding was completed on schedule. The recently restored areas have been temporarily cordoned off to allow the grass to establish. This means that about half of the grassed areas in the park are currently fenced off and will not be open to the public during the New Year. We really appreciate the support of park visitors in allowing these newly restored areas of grass time to grow and thrive.
In spring 2013, when the grass is strong enough, we will start removing the fencing and visitors will be able to walk throughout the park by Easter. By April we are confident that the park will be in even better condition than it was before the Games.
Find out more about our reinstatement progress in St James's Park.