LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE
DELIVERS UNPRECEDENTED PRE-OLYMPIC LEGACY

April 20, 2011 - Lee Valley White Water Centre opened its gates ~ easily accessible from the greater London Metropolitan Region

Over 130,000 people have visited the Centre since opening, taking in its surrounding parklands

.... and its non-stop whitewater excitement

Many chose to test the rapids, taking on the same course as 2012 Olympians have paddled

.... or relax on the patio with a fantastic front row view of all the nearby on-water action

EDUCATION PLEDGE MAKES A SPLASH WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM ACROSS GREATER LONDON

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The Lee Valley White Water Centre
- receiving great acclaim as the world's newest and best purpose-built whitewater sports facility - opened its gates to public in April 2011, offering a £49 world-class rafting experience to patrons a full 15 months before it will host canoeing events for the 2012 Olympic Games. Hordes of curious visitors have strolled along pathways and enjoyed refreshments on the patio, while being entertained by the Centre's non-stop whitewater action.

The launch highlighted this first and only brand new London 2012 venue to be open to the public before the Games, providing a range of quantifiable early legacy benefits to the region. While commercial rafting customers have descended the same rapids as this summer's Olympians, the Centre also welcomed over 1,500 area students last June and July as part of their Schools Festival for young students across the region.

In addition to being treated to free rafting excursions on the Olympic course, these school children also learned about how this unique recirculating whitewater venue functions while enjoying a number of other adventure skill activities such as orienteering in the surrounding 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park. "The Education Pledge is a great example of the ways in which local communities from across London and the region will directly benefit from this leading venue," said Michael Rye, Vice Chairman of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

The entire venue was designed with legacy in mind from the very start, with the intent of introducing the excitement of whitewater paddling to variety of user groups. Typically, that's not achievable until after such a facility's Olympic debut, but more than 40,000 rafters have already sampled the course since its opening. It has now been turned over to Olympic organizers to prepare for the upcoming Games. With 5 days of Olympic competition now concluded, the Centre will oversee a post-Games legacy as a publically accessible adventure destination open to all. It has also been awarded the opportunity to host the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Located near Waltham Abbey - Hertfordshire, just off the London Orbital M25 motorway, the £30m Centre encompasses 25 acres adjacent to Lee Valley's extensive greenway. WPI's innovative dual-course design includes a 300m Olympic Course with a 5.5m drop used for competition and rafting, as well as a 160m "Legacy Loop" with a 1.6m drop, used for practice and for developing the next generation of paddlers.

 

 

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