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Party site chosen for Olympic Games

KEVIN GRIFFIN, Vancouver Sun

Published: Friday, April 13, 2007

Vancouver city council is being asked to spend $91,960 to develop a plan for a public celebration and gathering spot downtown during the Olympics.

“As the host city for the 2010 Winter Games, it is incumbent on the city to create a welcoming and celebratory atmosphere in the urban domain for our visitors, residents, athletes and media,” says a report to be considered by council on Tuesday.

“One of the ways past host cities have created a festive atmosphere is by providing a public gathering space for residents and visitors to enjoy the Games at no cost. These public gathering spaces are known as ‘live sites.’”

The proposed location for the city’s live site is the former bus depot in the block bounded by Cambie/Dunsmuir/Beatty/West Georgia and the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza facing West Georgia.

The location is close to BC Place and GM Place, the two main downtown venues for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Council has already approved the site area as a future cultural precinct which may include amenities such as a provincial Asia-Pacific Museum of Trade and Culture and a National Gallery of Aboriginal Art.

The site would hold a range of performances and activities during the day and night. It would be centred around a large TV screen with live broadcasts of the Olympic competition.

The site would have a lasting physical legacy that would remain after the Games. Once a plan is in place, the city would be able to apply for up to $10 million from the federal government for the site.

The report recommends the contract be awarded to Fireworks Marketing Group, which also produces The Vancouver Sun Garden Show.

The report said a unique aspect of the group’s proposal was that it included a first nations team member who could help with first nations involvement.

kgriffin@png.canwest.com

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