Vancouver’s newest neighbourhood was home to athletes from around the world during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Preparation and construction of the Olympic Village in Vancouver began in February 2006. Construction was completed on 1 November 2009. After the 2010 Olympics the village was converted into residential housing, a community centre, daycare, retail, and service spaces. The site was previously an industrial area which consisted primarily of parking lots. It is located on the shoreline at the southeast corner of False Creek, north of Second Avenue between Quebec and Manitoba Streets. Just south of Science World, its waterfront is part of the False Creek Seawall promenade and bike route.
This area and all of Vancouver is the shared, overlapping territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. It was known as the “supermarket of the nations” because it was incredibly rich in seafood and vegetation.
The Olympic Village, developed by the Millennium Development Group, is one of the greenest communities in the world, making Vancouver a leader in sustainable development. The Olympic Village uses innovative energy efficiency and sustainability systems like solar heating and green roofs.
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Olympic Village Amenities:
- The Olympic Village is a mixed-use community, with approximately 1,100 residential units, area parks, and a growing number of retail and service outlets.
- Creekside Community Centre – The building harvests rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing, uses solar power for radiant cooling, has green roof technology and consumes 50% less energy than a standard building.
- The False Creek Olympic Village waterfront walking route is 2.9 km
- Science World – World of Science ignites the imagination with hands-on interactive exhibits, jaw-dropping live science shows.
- Alcan Omnimax Theatre – One of the largest theaters of its type, boasting a five-story screen and a seating capacity of 400.
- Habitat Island – Completely man-made, this island was designed to attract wildlife to the area.