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Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Villages

NeuralBlog, 27th Feb 2006

Ensuring Vancouvers Olympic and Paralympic Legacy
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Villages
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, The Olympic Village
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Villages


Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

Vancouver Olympic Village

VANOC openly celebrates the diversity that gives Vancouver and community its strength and commits to creating inclusive participation opportunities in all aspects of the Games


To provide the best possible competitive conditions for the 2010 Winter Games athletes, VANOC will operate two state-of-the-art, fully functional Olympic Villages in spectacular settings: one on Vancouver's metropolitan inner harbour, offering extraordinary views of the city skyline and the North Shore mountains; and one surrounded by magnificent coastal forests adjacent to the majestic Cheakamus River Gorge at the south entrance to Whistler. The Whistler venue will also serve as the Paralympic Village, with 450 of the beds designed for wheelchair access.

Both villages will provide everything that athletes need to prepare, train, relax, contact home, make friends and soak up the experience of a lifetime.

As honoured guests, the athletes will be able to travel conveniently between the two villages, so they can fully enjoy all the charm of the Vancouver-Whistler region. The two villages will also be linked with the latest in communication technology.

After the Games, both Villages will become valuable legacies, both for the community and for sport. The Vancouver Village will be developed into a model sustainable community with market and affordable housing, parkland, and office and shopping complexes. The Whistler Village provides the opportunity to leave much-needed affordable resident housing in a new neighbourhood that will be a model of sustainable living, and will also accommodate an Athlete Centre. Part of the Village facilities will be used to provide a best-value legacy to the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations communities, either as relocated housing, rental housing within the legacy neighbourhood, or as commercial space opportunities.

Vancouver Olympic Village

Located in Vancouver's Southeast False Creek area, the Vancouver Olympic Village features modern low and mid-rise accommodations for 2,800 athletes and officials and sits an average distance of 12 kilometres from Vancouver area competition venues. Athletes will be able to walk, bus or take a ferry to the city's shopping and entertainment districts, and enjoy nightly medal ceremonies and cultural celebrations just moments away at BC Place Stadium.

Construction Update

Development of the Village in southeast False Creek will be carried out by the City of Vancouver, in cooperation with VANOC and will conform to the City's plans to create a sustainable community in this area. The 55,700 square metre, 600-unit project represents the final stage in the complete renewal of the False Creek site, begun by the three levels of government in the 1970s. Planning work is underway and construction is expected to begin in late 2006 or early 2007, with completion in 2009.

Temporary structures designed solely for use during the Games will be set up starting September 2009. Removal of the temporary structures will commence March 2010 and the Village will assume its post-Games legacy design.

Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village

The Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village site is located within the scenic Cheakamus Valley. Designed for 2,700 athletes and coaches, the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village is less than 20 minutes from all the Whistler competition venues. A short shuttle ride will take athletes to the heart of Whistler Village and the nightly medal ceremonies at the Whistler Celebration Site in the town's centre.

Construction Update

The conceptual site plan includes the development of land to accommodate the functions associated with the international and non-housing functions of the residential zones, back-of-house areas and some of the required parking and transportation needs. The area will undergo site grading to meet accessibility and functional requirements. Supplemental parking has been proposed on the adjacent cleared lands. Site planning has started with infrastructure installment to begin in 2006.

Village construction is scheduled to begin March 2007 with an anticipated completion date of September 2009. Olympic/Paralympic fit-out of any temporary facilities, such as tents or other Games-related operational facilities is scheduled to begin September 2009 and be completed two months prior to the Games.

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