2012 London Olympics Hyde Park Venue

2012 London Olympics Hyde Park Key Facts

Type Public park
Location London, England
Coordinates 51°30′31″N 0°9′49″W Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°9′49″W
Created 1637
Operated by The Royal Parks
Status Open year round
Capacity 3,000
New or existing New, temporary

2012 London Olympics Hyde Park Sports

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks among London’s Royal Parks.  It is open for public since 1637. Hyde Park is well-known for its Speaker’s Corner. The Serpentine divides the park into two portions.  The neighboring part, Kensington Gardens has been separated from Hyde Park since 1728. Queen Caroline had made this partition. The park is situated on 350 acres of area. 

While the nearest Kensington Gardens closes early in the evening, the Hyde Park remains open from morning 5 o’ clock until midnight during the whole year. To its credit the Park has been the location for mass demonstrations. Organizations like The Reform League, the Suffragettes and the Stop the War Coalition have held their protests in the park.
The park is situated on a strategic location i.e. within walkable distance from posh areas and market places of London. One can find a number of grassroots sports clubs that includes the Serpentine Swimming Club. The members of the club swim in the lake without bothering about the weather conditions – even on the day of Christmas.

Arrangements in Hyde Park during the games

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) is working with the park management to lessen the impact to the
park and its tourists. Events related to music, theatre, film and cultural segment will be held in the Hyde Park during summer 2012.

The Park is also planning to provide a wonderful location for the Games to be held in 2012. It is planning for a fantastic setting for events like Olympic Triathlon and Marathon Swimming.

To organize Olympic Triathlon and Marathon Swimming the management had applied to Westminster City Council to get the planning permission and it was granted on 3 February 2011. The public response and comment are welcomed.

As per the plan:

  • All the efforts will be put in to getting the park back in same condition even after the games as it was before the event.
  • The organizers will build temporary seats in June 2012 for the viewers. It will mark out the course as well. After the games the grandstand and the course will be taken away.
  • Temporary walker and vehicle ‘trackways’ will be used to reduce the impact. The walkways to be used for games in Hyde Park would be similar to those who are using it currently.
  • The event area would be around 5% of the total vicinity of the park and that is located at the north of the Serpentine. The management is planning to frame a crowd control plan during event days, as a huge crowd is expected on those days.
  • For security reasons, entries to small areas will be restricted during the event arrangement, competition and removal phase. This will start from early July 2012. Entry to areas of Hyde Park in the region of the north bank of the Serpentine will be constrained up to September 2012.

Contact Hyde Park for Comments

You can make a call on Freephone 0800 198 2012 or write to them at Freepost 2012 Games. More Information will be made available from now onwards till the end of the most awaited event.