Prince Harry visits new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Media captionPrince Harry was persuaded to test out the play equipment by children

Prince Harry has visited London's newest park in the heart of the former Olympic site.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford opens to the public on Saturday for the first time since the London 2012 Games.

Visitors can go up the 375ft (114.5m) high ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and visit the Aquatics Centre and VeloPark.

The prince said the site had been "brought to life" by the creativity people had shown.

Prince Harry and Mayor Boris Johnson toured the site meeting schoolchildren and people behind its development.

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Image caption Prince Harry pushes schoolchildren on a swing during a visit
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Image caption The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford opens to the public on Saturday
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Image caption Children can play in the interactive fountains and the adventure playground

The pair made their way across a rope bridge alongside local schoolchildren and took part in a mobility scheme bike ride with disabled people.

During the tour, Harry climbed on to a basket swing and had to hold on as a group of children pushed him as high as possible.

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Media captionTake a tour of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

When he got off he told them: "Now I get to push you."

Commenting on the park, he said: "It was fantastic the way it was anyway, but the amount of money that has been spent and the creativity as well, I think it's brought it to life."

When the prince was asked if Prince George would visit the park in future years, he replied: "I'm sure he'll have his chance to come down here.

"You never know, the Olympics might be back here again before we know it."

On hearing that remark, Mr Johnson joked: "We'll put in for the Winter Games."

The development has been led by the London Legacy Development Corporation which said there will be future ventures with the Victoria and Albert Museum and University College London.

Mr Johnson said: "It's far more beautiful than I possibly thought it could be.

"This is going to be a quite astonishing place to come and bring your family."

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