Vancouverites are known to exemplify the West Coast lifestyle. A lot of importance is placed on outdoor activities and recreational options. That's why Concord Pacific Place was designed to bring an array of leisure opportunities to the False Creek neighbourhood, taking full advantage of a unique urban waterfront setting.
The 50 acres of parks and green space built into the Concord Pacific Place site are only the beginning of an extensive network of recreational facilities. Also planned are a variety of sports and leisure amenities seldom found in public parks, including one of Vancouver's few all weather playing fields.
Here are a few of the recreational and leisure choices available at Concord Pacific Place:
The all new Andy Livingstone Park, in the International Village neighbourhood boasts Vancouver's newest sports facilities and family leisure space. To the west is a waterfall, with a meandering stream flowing through a treed area to a reflecting pool. Across a 60 foot wide land bridge is the largest public use artificial turf playing field in North America. It comprises two multi-use playing fields and a softball diamond, both with stadium quality lighting and landscaped seating areas. Two tennis courts and a fieldhouse round out the facilities, making Andy Livingstone Park one of the most lavish urban parks ever created in B.C.
David Lam Park, in the middle of the community, offers ten acres of grass and trees, for enjoyment of the Vancouver outdoors, and waterfront access with attractive views over False Creek. The nearby historic Roundhouse is now undergoing conversion to a community leisure and recreation centre, and will offer a state-of-the-art gymnasium along with arts facilities.
The Concord Pacific Place seawalk is a continuous waterfront walkway that ties the community together and links major park areas with public plazas and residential areas. It is designed as a continuous parkway with smaller "mini-parks" along its length. The seawalk encourages strollers, joggers, cyclists - just about anyone to enjoy the waterfront ambiance. It also provides access to English Bay and Stanley Park. Along the south side of False Creek, Granville Island and Kitsilano are near at hand. False Creek itself is a key recreational resource available to Concord Pacific Place residents through the facilities now being created along its shoreline.
Since major reclamation began in the early 1980's, the Creek has progressed from a largely neglected industrial channel to one of the most attractive and diversified urban waterways in North America. Dotted with marinas and shore-side recreational facilities, it is increasingly a venue for both individual and competitive watersports, including the legendary Dragon Boat races and an annual boating festival. Rowing, kayaking, canoeing and paddling, happily co-exist with yachts and charter vessels; all enjoying a unique experience in the heart of the city.
In many parts of the world, leaving the home and the city for a more attractive recreational environment is a week-end and holiday tradition. At Concord Pacific Place, you have all the best of the West Coast lifestyle right at your doorstep - and with new facilities added all the time, it just keeps getting better!
The beautiful David Lam Park is named for an extraordinary public figure who retired earlier this year from an illustrious 6 year term as British Columbia's Lieutenant-Governor.
Lam brought an intense level of commitment to his office, hosting almost 80,000 guests and visiting virtually every community in the province to participate in activities that represented the full spectrum of British Columbia life. To cap his distinguished career, it was Lam who welcomed Queen Elizabeth II to Victoria for the Commonwealth Games in 1994.
One of his proudest achievements was being able to promote a greater degree of co-existence among the ethnic minorities in the province. "I think I have encouraged greater understanding between the races," he said.
Another achievement was his dedication to the grounds of Government House, a project that transformed its gardens and plants for greater public enjoyment. His devotion to the beauty of greenspace will live on not only at Government House, but in his association with Vancouver's newest waterfront park.
They say that to remain useful you've got to adapt. And if what's true for people is also true for buildings, the heritage Roundhouse Building at Concord Pacific Place may well be one of the most useful structures in the lengthy history of False Creek.
Once used to house and repair the great cross-country locomotives that tied Canada together early in its history, the Roundhouse continued its role as a site for the restoration of historic engines into the early 1980's. Then came EXPO '86 - and with it, a new part to play as a theme pavilion and retail complex.
With the completion of EXPO, the Roundhouse became the home of the restored Engine #374, the first locomotive to haul passengers from east to west on the newly completed cross-Canada railway.
"It is a unique opportunity to keep our heritage Roundhouse as a public centre and Engine #374 as a living part of the community," said Evelyn Atkinson, Chair of the Friends of Locomotive #374. "The Roundhouse makes a superb recreational and cultural centre which will engender pride in the new community on the north side of False Creek," she said.
Once renovations are complete, the centre, owned and operated by the Vancouver Park Board, will provide facilities for many community activities. Adults and children will have access to programs featuring performing and creative arts, music, pottery and woodworking. A series of multi-purpose and meeting rooms, aerobics facilities and recreational areas will also be available.
In its second century of life, the Roundhouse will be as relevant to today's community needs as it was to the Vancouver of the 1890's!
Occupying the former site of Expo 86, Concord Pacific Place is rapidly taking shape as Canada's most ambitious and exciting downtown waterfront community, but it is also something more. It is the fulfillment of the promise of our great World Exposition: a landmark event in the history of Vancouver and British Columbia.
Expo introduced the world to a city and province on the rise. A place of shining new developments in the midst of scenic majesty of a lifestyle which those from other lands admired and even envied.
It was a joyous human event which instilled a sense of optimism - a desire to see the Expo spirit in some lasting and tangible way. That spirit has served as an inspiration for Concord Pacific in its development of a vibrant new Vancouver community.
It has motivated Concord Pacific, as we near the 10th anniversary of Expo, to participate in a very special celebration. A celebration of the original Expo experience ... and of all that life has come to represent in our favoured corner of the world.
Concord Pacific Place is fulfilling the promise of Expo with a permanent new place for people. And during the summer of 1996, the former World Exposition site will be enlivened by a celebration for all people. So get ready to invite the world ... again!
1 A Fabulous Lifestyle
2 Outstanding energy savings
3 Security and Peace-of-Mind
4 Canada's best TV line-up
5 Ferry rides around False Creek
6 Eye-pleasing public art
This Labour Day weekend, Concord Pacific Place will again play host to the Molson Indy Vancouver, now in its sixth year and an established Vancouver tradition. This year's event will take place September 1, 2 and 3 and is expected to draw even more spectators than last year's 160,000 crowd. Among the top competitors on the 2.66 km circuit will be three-time Molson Indy Vancouver winner Al Unser Jr., two-time Indy champion Michael Andretti, Canadian's Paul Tracy and Jacques Villeneuve and long-time favourites like Danny Sullivan and Bobby Rahal.
Fans can book tickets by calling the Molson Indy Vancouver ticket hotline at 280-INDY. And don't forget to drop by the Concord Pacific Place Presentation Centre on your way to the race!
Dragon Fever is what happens every June when the Dragon Boats return to False Creek and the waters resound with the exuberance of the race. Vancouverites got their first taste of Dragon Boat racing in 1986, when 30 local teams raced in False Creek as part of Expo. The event has now grown to 100 local teams, 2500 paddlers, and 100,000+ spectators who love the thrill of friendly competition.
The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival has become an annual event, even though it's rooted in Chinese tradition from the 4th century BC.
"The Vancouver event has grown to what is now one of the largest mixed-team Dragon Boat competition in the world,"explains Jon Markoulis, Chair of the Festival and Senior Vice President of Concord Pacific. "It not only brings thousands to view the races, but also to take part in the many other multi-cultural aspects which help broaden our knowledge of other cultures," he stated.
The Concord Pacific Place location provides abundant space for the Festival which includes: the races, world class entertainment, food from around the globe, craft exhibits and many other activities that make it an exciting experience for the whole family.
Vancouver may seem like an unlikely part of the world for a Dragon Boat Festival of such magnitude but its success keeps growing. Concord Pacific is proud to continue to be a sponsor of this annual community event. For more information call the Talking Yellow Pages, 299-9000 extension #8866. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.
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