Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens to the public

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Image caption Local children took part in a colourful parade to mark the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has opened to the public for the first time since the London 2012 Games.

Alongside venues for sport and the arts, London's newest park features interactive water fountains and an adventure playground.

Visitors can go up the 375ft-high (114.5m) ArcelorMittal Orbit tower.

It is the biggest park to be opened in London for a century.

New homes

It is hoped the attraction will revitalise the neighbourhood and bring tourists to the area.

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Media captionTake a tour of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Visiting the park is free, although there will be charges for some of the attractions.

More than 10,000 new households are planned for the site by 2030.

Current attractions also include the Aquatics Centre and VeloPark, and future ventures are planned with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and University College London (UCL).

The development has been led by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

'Astonishing place'

Mark Camley, the corporation's executive director of park operations, said most of the activities taking place over the opening weekend would be free of charge.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "We have set out to create a new heart for east London."

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Image caption The newly-landscaped southern section of the east London park reopened on Saturday
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Image caption Children can play in interactive fountains around the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower
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Image caption The park has been reopened to the public 18 months after the end of the London Paralympics
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Image caption An acrobat hangs from the tower. Organisers say the park will create "a new heart for east London"

The opening comes after Prince Harry and London Mayor Boris Johnson paid a visit to the site on Friday.

The prince said the park was better than he expected, while 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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