Once the construction of the Olympic site started the whole area was sealed off, including public footpaths and roads. This had to be, but I do think they could have made more effort to create some footpaths across the area. Nobody I knew in Bow had tickets to any events, although a few did get tickets to the Paralympics. To me the Olympics were a private event, paid for with public money. Locals were not welcome.
The subsequent opening up of the park, and the successful developments continuing both on the site, and nearby, are brilliant. The engineers and the planners are doing a great job.
I took this photo with my phone, so it was not intended to be a public statement, more like part of a private journal. This was taken on 29th July 2012, two days after the Olympics had started. We heard the opening ceremony from our back garden, we could watch it on TV, but we were kept out.