Olympic torch to shed light on Finsbury Park in 2012?
By LiseS | Friday, December 31, 2010, 15:46
A ten-day festival of concerts and community activities could be held in Finsbury Park to celebrate the Olympic Games coming to London in August 2012. Haringey Council, which manages the park, is currently in talks with an as-yet-unnamed promoter to run the event, marking the first time the Olympics has come to the UK since 1948.
The festival would aim to celebrate all 216 countries taking place in the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, and is likely to include showcase sporting events and contributions from local schools and community groups. Up to 200,000 people are expected to attend over the ten days, with Haringey Council waiving its usual five-day limit for events in the park.
Although Haringey is not an Olympic borough, Finsbury Park is in many ways a natural site for such an event, being home to a number of sporting activities including track and field athletics, basketball, football, tennis and American football as well as regular charity running events and a weekly 5k parkrun. The park has played host to a number of high-profile music concerts, including sets by New Order, Oasis and Rage Against The Machine.
Councillors hope that the Olympic celebration will bring sporting and cultural activities to the park for the local community, as well as encouraging tourists to the area, benefitting the area economically. The event is expected to use roughly one-fifth of the park's total area, and if it goes ahead the council will consult with residents to minimise noise and traffic disruption.
Will you be celebrating the Olympics in the park? Is this a good opportunity for local people to benefit from the Games, or will you be heading out of town at the speed of Usain Bolt when 2012rolls around? Let us know below!