Olympic Village Public Open House

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Olympic and Paralympic Village in Vancouver will open to the public for a community showcase Saturday, May 15th.

Olympic Village
Photo credit: kpwerker on Flickr

The real estate development known as Millennium Water is hosting the Grand Opening celebration. They’ll have live music, activities, snacks, and more. The Olympic and Paralympics medals will also be on display and more than 35 Olympians (including Ashleigh McIvor) will be on hand for meet and greet opportunities.

Olympic VIllage / Millenium Water

Grand Opening events:
10:00am – 5:00pm. Enter off West 1st Avenue & Manitoba Street or Millennium Water at the Seawall.

Autograph sessions with Olympians:
11:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:30pm – 4:40pm at the Salt Building.

Self-guided tours:
Pick up an “Avenues of the World” passport at the presentation centre to run a self-guided tour of the community. You can also enter to win a $20,000 grand prize or one of ten Electra commuter bicycles.

Boxing Kangaroo Rings

Team NorwayTeam Italy
Photos by PiscesDreamer on Flickr

This is the first chance the public will have to check out the community since it hosted Olympic and Paralympic athletes earlier this year.

Update Last Saturday, May 15th, an estimated 15,000 people gathered for the Grand Opening of the Olympic Village at Millennium Water on Southeast False Creek. Home to our Olympic athletes during Vancouver 2010, Avenues of the World, a collection of new residences were finally back on the market. Approximately 200 suites were released and 38 units were sold by Sunday evening. [source: Press Release].

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  1. steven SchwartzThursday, May 13th, 2010 — 12:33pm PDT

    Cool, I can visit my tax dollars, you usually do not get to see your money after you give it away. And a chance to see how my tax money is giving rich people a place to live.

  2. alexThursday, May 13th, 2010 — 1:28pm PDT

    is that close to chinatown?

  3. KojiFriday, May 14th, 2010 — 3:03pm PDT

    @Steven I would be more upset at the exorbitantly priced social housing that is 3x the average cost of a normal social housing unit, which you will always be paying for, than the fact that people will be buying, and paying back with interest, something your tax dollars went to.

  4. DimiFriday, May 14th, 2010 — 4:34pm PDT

    Koji you mean “normal” social housing unit as in shoddily constructed and out of the way so that we do not see the people who actually use it. Are you one of those aspirants who still bemoans the fact that False Creek has social housing on it? Do you suggest we surrender the whole city to the plutocrats, the trust-fund babies, the foreign capital, and the real-estate moguls? Do the firefighters and teachers that serve your community and your kids have to commute from Surrey or maybe Mission so that you can enjoy the waterfront without their inconvenient presence? What a disgrace.

  5. KojiFriday, May 14th, 2010 — 7:34pm PDT

    I am not against social housing, I support it. The building I live in has a social housing component (as all new buildings downtown are required to). I am against social housing built on the most expensive land, in a waterfront community, with tens of thousands of dollars in additional expenses poured in to it each unit to make them LEED Platinum, which helps make it 3x as expensive as other social housing developments downtown, with a final cost of more than many non-social housing units in the city. I believe it simply does not make sense economically, and sends the wrong message, and could have, presumably helped at least 2x as many people if the funds were used appropriately elsewhere. If your goal is to help people, this falls far short of what could have been accomplished, by funds that will never be provided in such numbers ever again.

    It is politically unpopular and risque to say there should be no social housing in this location, but clearly, at this price, there should be no social housing in this particular development. It is a far worse use of public funds than to help fund another component that will be paid back in full, with interest, and that was my point =)

  6. WenFriday, May 14th, 2010 — 7:49pm PDT

    Do you know if we are given a chance to take a photo with medals?

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