The venue will have a purpose built slalom course for the whitewater canoe and kayak events (flatwater canoeing and kayaking events will take place at Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire, west of London). The proposals, which obtained planning permission in late September 2008, include an international and Olympic standard 300m canoe and kayak slalom course together with a warm-up course and finish lake. A new artificial water body is to be built with the white-water obstacles created through a system of pumps. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for 12,000 spectators. The course is to be sighted within a new landscaped parkland setting, including path and bridge networks to enable spectators to have access and view the events. Additional buildings are also proposed to house reception, café, changing rooms, shop, offices, spectator viewing, equipment storage and water pump/filtration facilities.
It is planned that the facility will be retained after the Games to become the White Water Canoe Centre. Although the spectator seating will be removed, in legacy mode the venue is nevertheless intended to provide a leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting and a competition venue for elite events, to be managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), the owner of the land.
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