Londoners and tourists alike were finally able to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last week - for free.
The 23ha North Park opened to the public on schedule last Monday and has already proved popular with the public, as this picture by David Poultney for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) shows.
Opening in the same week as Love Parks Week, the North Park has been groomed to perfection by Landscape Group contractors who will take over the whole park when other areas open in April 2014.
The company will start a ten-year contract to provide landscape maintenance and cleaning for the whole park in an alliance with Balfour Beatty Workplace, which will cover facilities management.
The combined contract is worth £6m a year.
When complete the park will have 102ha of open space, more than 22 miles of interlinking pathways, waterways and cycle paths, 6.5km of rivers and canals, and 45ha of wildlife habitat.
Park manager and Landscape Group general manager Alistair Bayford told Horticulture Week in June that the brand new facility gave his company the opportunity to redefine park management.
The LLDC is collating visitor figures and the first indications of how popular it has been are due out next week.