ABOVE: Canoe Slalom athletes show off their Olympic medals at Lee Valley
A new athletes zone and improvements to visitor facilities form part of £4.5 million plans for Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire...
The venue's starring role in the 2012 Olympics saw Tim Baillie win a gold medal in the canoe slalom with Etienne Stott.
Athlete Richard Hounslow landed himself a silver medal.
Today, Lee Valley became the first London 2012 venue to officially open to the public after the Games. The investment will see it better able to cope with increased visitor numbers.
An outdoor classroom, gym, physiotherapy suite and pavillion are included in the plans.
A number of new community programmes are also being launched to give thousands of people the chance to take part in activities.
(BELOW: Richard Hounslow with his Olympic Silver medal)
Lee Valley Regional Park Chief Executive Shaun Dawson told JACK fm: "We have been delighted by the public response since we opened in April 2011. More than 155,000 people have visited, of whom 40,000 have taken to the water - double the number we'd expected.
Thousands of people have been coming to spectate and this new development will provide the catering and parking they need - along with state of the art facilities for athletes and a support building for the British Canoe Union."
(BELOW: Tim Baillie with his Olympic Gold Medal)
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