Work Starts On A New Home For Olympic Winter Games Athletes
With four years remaining before the next Olympic Winter Games, the ground has been broken at the site of Vancouver’s Olympic Village, Southeast False Creek. During the Games, the Village will be home to some 2,800 athletes and officials; in the long-term, it will be converted to serve as a mixed-use community, serving as an example for sustainable living.
A Warm Welcome
“The Vancouver Olympic Village will be the ‘home from home’ for athletes and officials from around the world and we intend to make it as memorable an experience as possible for these special guests,” said Jack Poole, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010 (VANOC). “Equally as important, the Village housing will be developed afterwards into a vibrant new community for more than 2,000 residents following the Games.”
Consistent with the approach to Games organisation encouraged by the IOC from bid phase onwards, the Olympic Village is being developed in such a way as to prove a model of sustainability after the Games. Bicycle lanes, footpaths, and easy access to public transport will reduce reliance on car travel. Green roofs will cover 50% of the development and many new ideas are being tested on the site.
“This is a day of celebration,” said Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Southeast False Creek will be a model community of economic, social and environmental sustainability, and will contribute to our reputation as one of the world's most livable cities.” The City of Vancouver is responsible for building the Village, in cooperation with VANOC.
The Southeast False Creek site forms part of Vancouver’s metropolitan inner harbour, providing a waterfront location and easy access to the Vancouver ice-sport competition venues. Covering 55,700 square metres and comprising a total of 600 accommodation units, the project represents the final step in False Creek’s redevelopment, a project started in the 1970s.
Vancouver will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010. The mountain events will take place in Whistler, which will also host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010.