Drapers Field in Leyton is open for use again after being closed to the public since 2011.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Council Leader Chris Robbins, Mayor of Waltham Forest Councillor Terry Wheeler, Chief Executive Martin Esom, and Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment Councillor Clyde Loakes (from left to right) at Drapers Field. Council Leader Chris Robbins, Mayor of Waltham Forest Councillor Terry Wheeler, Chief Executive Martin Esom, and Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment Councillor Clyde Loakes (from left to right) at Drapers Field.

A park which was controversially closed to public and used as a storage area for the Olympics has been re-opened.

Drapers Field in Leyton, was closed in 2011 in preparation for the London games.

Iit was used to house catering, laundry and delivery services, as well as general maintenance support.

The Labour deal with the Olympic Delivery Organisation (ODA) was heavily criticised.

An estimated 1,380 people a week used the all-weather pitch alone.

Then Liberal Democrat group leader Bob Sullivan described the deal as a a "travesty".

Now the green space has undergone a £2 million refurbishment.

The area now boasts an all-weather sport pitch, a junior football pitch and new play facilities.

The landscape at the site has also been transformed to improve accessibility, with a new pathway connecting to a bridge into the Olympic Park at Temple Mills Lane.

Council leader Chris Robbins said: “It’s a wonderful place and packed with local people young and old.”

“Anyone who wants to see something tangible and lasting that the Olympic and Paralympic Games has brought to this borough as a legacy should get themselves down here.

“It’s fantastic.”

It is hoped the improvements will increase walking and cycling in the area and improve connections with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Village, Stratford City and Chobham Academy.

Sport England identified Leyton as an area without enough facilities for sport in the borough.

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