Live Site: Live City

Mayor Sam Sullivan, Councillor Suzanne Anton and Park Board Chair Korina Houghton today updated plans to establish two Live Sites in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The original concept plan was presented to Vancouver City Council in September.

Live Site Announcement, April 16
Live Site Announcement, April 16
Live Site Announcement, April 16
click for images from the Live Site announcement


Council has approved an allocation of $5 million to support the development of Vancouver 2010 Live Sites at David Lam Park and the former Bus Depot site on Beatty Street. The sites would be connected via Hamilton and Mainland Streets. The funding is allocated from the $20 million Olympic Legacy Reserve that Council approved by a close vote earlier this year. Today’s progress report includes:

  • Confirmation of $10 million contribution from the Government of Canada
  • Updated Live Site maps
  • Plans to use City of Vancouver’s Salt Water Pump System in False Creek for nightly water/light demonstration during 2010 Games

Download the updated Live Site Maps. Salt water pump will also be tested this morning on site.

The proposal to establish 2010 Vancouver Live Sites includes:

  • ongoing consultation with local residents, businesses & community organizations
  • commitment to no-cost entry, accessibility & creation of family-friendly atmosphere (alcohol free and non-smoking)
  • entertainment stages to showcase local and national artists & performers
  • information services, big screens, merchandise sales & broadcast facilities
  • comprehensive security provisions
  • linkages to rapid transit, Queen Elizabeth Theatre & proposed Four Host First Nations Pavilion
  • capacity for over 20,000 people with operations from 11:00am -11:00pm
  • commitment to leaving tangible legacy
  • private sponsorship opportunities

The Live Sites are an important part of Vancouver’s plan to celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games. They complement:

  • the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Torch Relay
  • proposed Granville Street improvements
  • heritage improvements in Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona & Japantown
  • community & neighbourhood celebrations
  • School & Park Board partnerships to promote youth engagement & healthy living