Hargreaves Associates led the design for the 274 acre parklands that formed the centerpiece for the London Games - declared the “winner of the Games” by the Mayor of London - as well as the design for its transformation post-Games. The largest new park created in Europe for more than 150 years, the design synthesizes centuries of British park tradition, the reality of post-industrial brownfields, advances in sustainability and resilience thinking to create a new type of park for the 21st Century. The environmental north park converts the channelized industrial canal (the River Lea) into a naturalized meandering river corridor with lowland meadows and wetlands, sweeping lawns for gathering, and sculpted banks for viewing. The South Park creates gently terraced river banks and includes the themed Olympic Gardens – a rich and colorful tribute to the plants of the countries that gather for the Games. The post-Games Transformation Plan stitches the park to the surrounding neighborhoods, incorporates a cycle track, outdoor performance area and converts temporary venues to additional parklands.