The Lee Valley White Water Centre was the first new venue completed for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Amid much fanfare and a royal flag-waving, Princess Anne started two boats down a custom-made white water river venue that will be a state-of-the-art facility, according to BBC Sports. A spectacular aerial view was provided by the Daily Telegraph as the venue neared completion.
Name: Lee Valley White Water Centre
Former name: Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre
Location: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Capacity: 12,000 fans with temporary seating
Course lengths: 300 meters (984 feet) Olympic course and 160 meters (538 feet) intermediate run
Drop in height on Olympic course: 5.5 meters (18 feet) from start to finish
Number of rapid blocs: 1,200
Affiliations: Great Britain Canoeing
Construction cost: 31 million pounds ($48.5 million)
Construction time: 18 months from July 2009 to December 2010
Owner/Operator: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Events hosted: Canoe slalom
Dates of event: July 29 to Aug. 2
Open to the public: April 2011
Re-opens to public after Olympics: Sept. 8
Future events: 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships
Closest National Rail stop: Cheshunt
Closest major thoroughfares: Station Road, A1170, A414, A10
Closest river: River Lee
Distance from downtown London: 25 miles
Other construction facts and statistics: Size of the artificial lake is 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet). … Pumps create a rapids pushing 15 cubic meters (nearly 4,000 gallons) of water per second. … Instead of permanent blocks, the facility was designed to have moveable rapid blocs to change courses.
Other notable facts: One of the oldest manors in the area is Forty Hall, built in 1632 by former Mayor of London Sir Nicholas Rainton. … Lee Valley is a huge area filled with gardens, historical museums and nature preserves. … Since opening to the public in April 2011, more than 130,000 visitors have used visited the canoe slalom courses. … Other dignitaries on hand for the facility's grand opening included Shaun Dawson, chief executive of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Seb Coe, chair of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. … BBC News reported Britain's David Florence won the silver medal in the canoe slalom in Beijing in 2008. … The slalom event involves navigating through a sequence of gates set along the path of the rapids. The quickest time through all the gates wins.
William Browning has been a fan of the Summer Olympics since the games of 1984 in Los Angeles.
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