[Updated – Event webpage here]
The southern section of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens on 5 April. Much of the northern section is already open.
considering organising an OpenStreetMap mapping party (likely using Walking Papers as a basemap for people) to map the park in its new, legacy mode. Currently, much of the area is shown on OpenStreetMap as it was during London 2012, or as out-of-bounds.
The date is the evening of Wednesday 9 April from 6pm until dark (7:30pm?) followed by beers in The Crate pub. People can then add their discovered detail into the map in their own time or (if they are really keen and bring a laptop/dongle) at the pub.
Post-event pub will be The Crate pub in Hackney Wick, which is right beside an exit to the park, and is a nice pub and brewery that does great pizzas and serves some great beers brewed on site and also Dalston Cola, made just down the street by my bro. It’s a more relaxing experience than the pubs at Westfield.
Stratford is easiest to get to by tube so meeting at Westfield (ground level – that’s UP from the station exit level) at the Westfield end of the big iron bridge that goes over the station, would be the best location. I am planning on setting out from there shortly after 6pm, and then meeting people at The Crate pub (which is at the other side of the park) at 7:30-8pm. The Crate pub is near Hackney Wick station for those who don’t want to walk back across the park afterwards.
The idea is that everyone picks a slice of this cake – if we get more than 10 people, then we can double-up in the complex central sections, and if we get fewer, then we can concentrate mainly on the central area.
Some notes on the slices:
- 1. Eastern part will still be a building site but plenty of detail to be both added and removed elsewhere.
- 2. The southern half of the new South that will be newly opened, includes the Orbit and associated buildings. If time then it’s worth progressing to section 2b – unclear how much of this is open but there are a couple of new links here. The Greenway Gate area may still be inaccessible.
- 3. Northern half of the new South Park, including the Great British Garden on the other side of the stadium. Lots of natural detail to be added.
- 4. Not sure if the Waterglades will be open – but if not, some other new detail to add here.
- 5. May still be under construction in places but definitely some changes from what’s on the map – even simply things like bus stops.
- 6. The north park is already open but could do with a lot more detail, e.g. the Olympic Rings sculpture, vegetation, and link path to the north.
- 7. Quite far away and mostly will still be a construction site. Good for someone on a bike.
- 8. May not be too much to see here as under construction and/or fenced off for the cycling.
- 9. This part of East Village is partially open and lots of residential detail can be added in.
- 10. This part of the East Village is mainly closed but some bits, e.g. the park bit, are open.
I will aim to print Walking Papers maps for each of the slices and bring them to the pub.
We held a similar mapping party back in late 2011, to map Westfield Stratford City. We based the party at the Cow pub on the edge of the shopping centre. Here’s a neat video that Derick created, showing the map evolving as people added to it, following the party.
Things to add to the map
- Bus stops (& number of bus service)
- Car parks (no. of spaces, disabled-bay information)
- Roads and paths – particularly at park edges/entrances: official or unofficial, walking or cycling, steps
- Vegetation – woodland, grass, garden, marsh, water
- Individual trees, if distinctive or ‘street’ trees, ie planted in hard standing or grass
- Facilities – toilets, concession stands, playgrounds
- Fences, walls and gates
- Electricity substations
- Artworks, sculptures (with name)
- Traffic lights, zebra crossings
- Names of areas, places, things – many of these are new – look at what signs say
- However do not copy names or details from official maps – these may be copyright and not open data