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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 15 APRIL –29 APRIL 2014 ISSUE 630 Daily news & jobs: Olympic Park opens to public after £300m investment

East London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has officially opened to the public following its redevel- opment aſter the London 2012 Olympic Games. Stretching across 230 hect-

ares (568 acres), the site is the biggest new park to open in Europe for 150 years. A pro- gramme of music, sports and arts ran throughout the week- end to mark the opening. More than £300m has

been invested in the park since the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games. The works in the park have been overseen by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Parts of the park have already been accessi-

ble to the public, including the “northern half” which houses the Lee Valley VeloPark, touted as the UK’s foremost cycling facility.

CIMSPA team in place to drive transformation

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has appointed a team to restructure the organisation in line with the plan approved by members . Te team is comprised of interim

chief operating officer Tara Dillon supported by Spencer Moore and Ben Gittus, who have joined from the Amateur Swimming Association and SkillsActive respectively. Tey will report to CIMSPA trustee

and ukactive CEO David Stalker, who began the business review in June 2013. Details:



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As well as the iconic

sporting facilities, the park includes interactive foun- tains, waterways, landscaped gardens and children’s play areas with giant swings and climbing walls. Te waterways that stretch

up to the centre of the Park will be used for transport including water taxis, kaya- king and other water based activities, while along the waterways future develop- ments will include floating restaurants and cinemas. Sustainability has been at

Te site has has more than £300m worth of investment with future developments still planned Te southern half - South Plaza - covers

the size of 16 football pitches and sits between the Zaha Hadid-designed aquatics centre, the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit - the UK’s tallest sculpture.

Maria Miller resigns as culture secretary

Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary aſter a lengthy row over expenses, with the tourism industry expressing its sadness at the departure of a “strong representative.” Aſter intense media speculation over her posi-

tion, Miller sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron. In response, Cameron thanked her for serv-

ing in the cabinet and expressed the hope that she would be able to return “in due course.” Miller had been at the centre of a row about

expenses claimed to pay the mortgage of a house she owned in Wimbledon. The Basingstoke MP was cleared of fund- ing a home for her parents at taxpayers’

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expense, but was told to repay £5,800 of the expenses she claimed. Previously, independent parliamentary

commissioner for standards Kathryn Hudson had recommended she repay £45,000, but this was overruled by the Commons Standards Committee. Continued on back

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the heart of the park’s design. Using the London 2012 Games’ infrastructure as

inspiration, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is seeking to provide a “pioneering model of urban regeneration” by promoting sustainable lifestyles through sustainable infrastructure. Details:

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