The opening of the centre, which is the only brand new Olympics venue the public can access and enjoy ahead of the Games, will provide a legacy some 15 months before London 2012.
Members of the public will be able to try white water rafting along the same rapids that Olympic canoeists will use during the Games when some 60,000 spectators descend upon the centre for five days of Canoe Slalom action.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the London organising committee, praised the venue for providing an early legacy for the Games before branding it a “world class venue” for the sport.
“Seeing the Lee Valley White Water Centre open to the public is a great example of an early legacy for London,” said Lord Coe.
“This venue provides the opportunity for a new generation of water sports enthusiasts to get active and engaged in fun and challenging sports as well as providing us with a world class Olympic venue for Canoe Slalom.”
U.S. National Whitewater Center