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The idea of building a public park here was firstdiscussed when a property developer proposed ahigh-rise housing development,but hte localcommunity wasn't happy.If the land was to becleaned up,they wanted to use the site forrecreation.Residents wanted open space for outdooractivities,rather than housing or even an indoorsports complex.
Now to the Bicentennial Park itself.It has two areas,anature reserve and a formal park with man-madefratures and gardens.The tall blue-and-white buildingin front of us is called The Tower and is the centre point for the formal gardens.It stands twelvemetres high,so follow me up the stairs to where we can take advantage of the fantastic views.
Well,here we are at the top of The Tower,and we'regoing to look at the view from each direction.Out tothe east,the large buildings about a kilometre awayare on the Olympic site.Threr's an indoor arena forgymnastics,a stadium for track and field and aswimming pool for races and synchronised swimmingand also diving.If you look carefully down there,youcan see the train lines.The Olympic site has its ownstation to encourage the use of publictransport.There is also a car park,but it only holds alimited number of cars.
The formal park has some specially-created water fratures.If you look out here to the south,youcan see a circular ornamental pond.