ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses key issues through an in-depth analysis of the use of Greenwich Park as the venue for the equestrian events during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The chapter examines the ways in which some decisions was justified and resisted and; to assess the impacts and outcomes of staging the events for the Park. It also suggests that when events are staged in prominent public spaces this benefits the event, more than the spaces used. Staging these types of events causes a series of intended and unintended consequences for public space availability. Greenwich Park is a Royal Park, since the early nineteenth century the public have had the right to use it for recreational purposes and contemporary research shows it is a well-used and highly regarded public space. The Olympic and Paralympic events in Greenwich Park were spectacular.