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New entrance linking Waltham Forest to Olympic Park now open

A new pedestrian entrance has opened at Eton Manor in Leyton, which provides a convenient link between Waltham Forest and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

The new entrance was made possible due to a project jointly funded by Waltham Forest Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Eton Manor, which is owned and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, hosted the wheelchair tennis event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in the only purpose-built Paralympic venue.

As part of the site’s transformation for Olympic legacy the venue became the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Since opening in May 2014 it has run a popular programme of community tennis and hockey, along with national and international events including the EuroHockey Championships, the Wheelchair Tennis Masters Championships and the Hockey Champions Trophy last month.

Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said: “I am absolutely delighted that this new entrance at Eton Manor is now open. We have wanted to deliver a northern entry point to the Olympic Park for our residents for some time, and thanks to our partnership working with the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the LDCC we have been able to deliver this.”

Paul Osborn, Chair of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “This new gateway gives Waltham Forest residents even better access to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and brings the community directly to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre to enjoy its popular participation programmes and world class events.”

Waltham Forest Council has had a long-term aspiration for Eton Manor to provide a northern entry point to the Olympic Park for residents of the borough, as well as an entry point to Waltham Forest from Stratford and the Olympic Park. As part of the works a new bridge has been built at Ruckholt Road, which provides a walking route from Leyton.

Official Olympic Park signage has been used at the new entrance, and an open meadow has been created alongside for visitors to enjoy as they make their journey. While the majority of planting is now complete, further species will be added later this year.

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