By contrast we also visited the Olympic Park to see the area that was supposedly open to the public. How disappointing. Most of the area is one huge building site once again as they prepare the site for its new use. Eventually we found the open section of the North Park, rather pathetic with little interest and no colour. I had so been wanting to see some of the ambitious planting schemes that had been publicised last year. Although no doubt the area we saw does have wildlife value, there really is little else to commend it. After the colour and drama of the Mall plantings, this was drab. Some paths led nowhere and there was a general feeling of being incomplete. A new children's play area and the Timber Lodge Cafe will probably appeal to families. I was however impressed by the beautifully woven low timber fences to protect the new planting - that's a nice touch. It looks as if I will have to wait till 2014 to really see Olympic Park!