Concord Pacific Place is not only a superbly designed waterfront community, enriched by parks, walkways and other amenities. It's also your gateway to the very best that Vancouver has to offer. Next door is the city's greatest concentration of arts, cultural, entertainment and sports facilities. The exciting new Library Square. Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Playhouse. The new Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. BC Place Stadium and General Motors Place. The Harbour Centre campus of Simon Fraser University and soon-to-open downtown campus of the BC Institute of Technology. The fascination of Science World. The beauty of Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens. These and many other attractions are within easy walking distance of your Concord Pacific Place Home.
Inside your residence you'll enjoy advanced security features and fibre optic personal communications links... plus a cable system offering Canada's greatest selection of standard TV channels. And you'll have the assurance of a 10-year new home warranty and Canada's first 5-year insuite protection program.
False Creek got its name following a survey by Captain George Richards of the Royal Navy in the late 1850s. The waterway, which originally extended much further inland than now, was first thought to be a stream running into English Bay. When Richards found that it actually ended in tidal mud flats - and wasn't a stream at all - he named it False Creek.
In the Great Vancouver Fire of 1866, which virtually destroyed the little two-month-old city, False Creek was a refuge for many people who dived into its waters to escape the flames.
The first bridge across False Creek was a low wooden trestle, built in 1876 to carry the False Creek Trail from Granville (the pre-1866 name of Vancouver) to New Westminster. We now know the trail as Kingsway.
Yaletown was given its name because the earliest residents were CPR workmen who came from B.C. railway town of the railway's line into the city.
CPR Engine 374, which brought the first passenger train into Vancouver in May of 1887 and is now on display by the Roundhouse, did not haul that train all the way from Montreal. It was actually the last in a series of locomotives used on the trip, and began its short but historic journey in Port Moody!
Cooper's Park in Concord Pacific Place was named in tribute to the now-vanished Sweeney Cooperage, an industrial pioneer on False Creek, where thousands of barrels were once made.
The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, by the northeast corner of Concord Pacific Place, was named for the famed revolutionary and founder of the Chinese Republic. Sun visited Vancouver in 1911 during a North American tour to raise funds for his revolution. By the following year he was President!
Chuck Davis, who compiled these colourful facts about the Concord Pacific Place neighbourhood, is the Editor in Chief of The Greater Vancouver Book. This 960-page urban encyclopedia will appear in February 1996.
From classical to rock music, live theatre to lively sports events ... Concord Pacific Place is in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene.
Even closer at hand, you can be a part of two great annual events: the Molson Indy in the streets of Concord Pacific Place and the Dragon Boat Festival on False Creek. The sense of community spirit is as warm as the action is hot!
There's music in the air all around Concord Pacific Place. Queen Elizabeth Theatre offers a full season of performances by the Vancouver Opera Society as well as concerts by world renowned touring performers. The Orpheum Theatre is another sparkling concert centre and home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. BC Place Stadium and GM Place are prime sites for major music concerts and other special performances.
The nearby Playhouse Theatre is a long-established centre of live theatre in Vancouver - and a major new facility, the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, will soon expand the choice in theatrical attractions.
Just a short ferry ride away on Granville Island are the Art Club and Carousel theatres. The delights of this area also include the colourful public market and a wealth of restaurants, galleries and specialty shops.
The neighbourhoods adjoining Concord Pacific Place reflect the cultural richness of a cosmopolitan city. Yaletown, Chinatown and Gastown each offers its own sense of history ... plus unique shopping and dining experiences.
But when you live at Concord Pacific Place, nothing beats your own neighbourhood. With 50 acres of parks and green space, there's endless scope for active fun - from team sports on spacious all-weather fields to cycling, walking and jogging on the multi-use waterfront walkway. Plus boating, kayaking and other activities in the waters of False Creek.
Altogether, it's Vancouver's most celebrated scene!
With the opening Mangiamo in Yaletown, Umberto Menghi adds to his reputation as "the restaurant king of Vancouver." The new joint venture is the tenth in a string of fine food establishments that began in 1973 with the still-popular Umberto's on Hornby Street. To date he has opened a total of six restaurants in Vancouver, three in Whistler and one in San Francisco. Somehow he has also found time to launch a chain of fast food pasta franchises ... author three highly popular cookbooks (with a fourth on the way) ... and host an internationally syndicated TV cooking show.
Throughout an ever-expanding career, Umberto has held fast to one main principle. "As in life," he says, "simplicity is the key to enjoyment and success where food is concerned. Good basic ingredients and careful preparation are all-important."
It might be added that personal qualities such as charm, style and a zest for life are also significant parts of the Umberto formula for success.
Mark James sees a natural affinity between food and fashions - a conviction he has pursued with outstanding business results. His new jointly-owned restaurant, the Yaletown Brewing Co., is right next door to his second Mark James menswear shop. This follows a pattern established in 1981 when James opened his first restaurant adjacent to his popular West Broadway clothing shop. Originally called the Restaurant at Mark James, it later became Fiasco, reflecting a more informal style of dining.
In addition to his Vancouver operations, James is a partner in the Flying Beaver - a recently opened pub/restaurant/bar adjacent to Richmond's Harbour Air terminal. He is also planning a new pub/restaurant/brewery in Whistler, similar in style at Yaletown Brewing Co. As proven by his growing success, it's a style the public welcomes with open arms.
For years, Robson, West Broadway and West Fourth have been recognized as Vancouver's main restaurant rows. But today, these trendy streets are being rivalled by Yaletown's.
The city's former warehouse district is quickly becoming a major restaurant centre, particularly along its main streets, Hamilton and Mainland. The enticing choices include:
The Yaletown Brewing Co.:
Caffe Galleria, Chez Faye, Green City and the Soho Cafe are other players in the great food fair being created on Mainland and Hamilton, the heart of Yaletown that beats harmoniously right next door to Concord Pacific Place.
The present and future shape of Concord Pacific Place
A. The Concord Pacific Presentation Centre
B. Ford Centre For Performing Arts
D. The Roundhouse
F. Downtown Place
G. General Motors Place
Ideas have been pouring for ways to celebrate what Vancouver and British Columbia have become 10 years after Expo 86.
In cooperation with corporate sponsors and community groups, and in partnership with the United Way, Concord Pacific is helping to develop the Expo Spirit Festival for the summer of 1996.
In the arts, music and entertainment, the spirit of our great world exposition will be remembered and rekindled.
Plan now to re-experience the Expo magic by taking part in the celebrations at Concord Pacific Place. And once again, let's all invite the world to discover our great city and its special lifestyle!
To be on our mailing list, or to submit more ideas, fax (604) 899-1996.
At Concord Pacific, you enjoy the benefits of an unprecedented 10-year new home warranty and Canada's first 5-year in-suite protection program. And it's all backed by personal on-site service. A full-time Customer Service Officer is on duty throughout the day to handle concerns or problems relating to warranty items in your residence. A phone call is all it takes to enjoy prompt attention to your service needs. Personalized warranty service is all part of Concord's unique Quality Plus Program - a program that has your peace of mind as its top priority.
The Roundhouse Neighbourhood of Concord Pacific Place will be the site of four major public art installations. The first to commence - and the largest public art commission to date in Vancouver - will be "Street Light" by the Toronto team of Bernie Miller and Alan Tregebov. Their monumental civic structure, to be completed in the fall of 1996, will recall the robust history of this False Creek site ... and mark its transformation to residential community of the future.
"Street Light" will feature three pairs of bronze towers, each 12 metres in height and supporting etched copper and glass panels with historic images of Vancouver and False Creek. The work will also include a focal feature in the centre of the traffic circle at the Davie Street terminus.
Other public art commissions for the Roundhouse Neighbourhood include:
"Welcome to the Land of Light" - a monument to the relationship between those who have lived here and those to come - by Vancouver artist Henry Tsang.
"Geometry" - a two-part work associated with the Roundhouse Community Centre, dealing with human curiosity - by Vancouver sculptor Richard Prince.
"Brush with Illumination" - a fun kinetic and illuminated piece that moves with the False Creek tides - by Buster Simpson. The four Roundhouse area art installations are valued at $1.25 million ... out of a total of $8 million in public art that will ultimately be commissioned for the overall Concord Pacific Place site.
"This is the natural site for Vancouver's new sports and entertainment arena - right in the centre of the city's most exciting and varied neighbourhood. Combined with the many nearby developments, GM Place will broaden the focus of downtown living."
GENERAL MOTORS PLACE
A Dazzling Entertainment Showcase
New Life for the Canucks!
The Grizzlies roar!
Mini Indy a Mega Winner for Children's Hospital
Sullivan's visit underscored the significance of the first annual Concord Pacific Molson Mini Indy Vancouver. This special event, in support of B.C. Children's Hospital, was held on August 29 and 30, just prior to the full Indy event. It featured all the elements of the big race, from hair-pin turns to pit stops and time trials - but with a one-third size Indy Kar powered by a 3.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. While professional drivers took part, the main participants were 20 teams representing companies, groups and the media. The emphasis was on fun - and fundraising for a worthy cause!
Community Policing Comes to Concord Pacific Place
For information on the new Community Police Centre - or to volunteer for day-to-day activities at the Centre - call 899-6250.
David Lam Park Opens
Vancouver's Most Celebrated Scene
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