Remembrance and future in the Olympic Park
I went to an event on Saturday that was both enjoyable and sad. It was the celebration of the life of John Hopkins, the landscape client of the Olympic Park who had much of the responsibility for making it so wonderful. He died suddenly earlier this year, aged only 59.
The event was held at the Olympic Park, on the north lawn, part of the northern part of the park that will re-open in July. it is still a busy construction site, and access was very limited (we had to be bussed in), but even the small part we could see looked splendid. Nicholas Serota, one of the stellar cast of speakers at the event, quoted Christopher Wren’s memorial plaque in St Paul Cathedral ‘If you want to see his monument, look around you.’
Visitors when the park re-opens will be able to walk on the Hopkins Meadow, which will include an American oak planted in his memory.