September 30, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Updated plans for Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Plaza to be presented at October 6, 2008 Council meeting
Updated plans for the Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Plaza will be presented by Martin Pardoe, Manager of Resort Open Space Planning for the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) at the next Council meeting on October 6, 2008.
“We presented plans to the resort community at an open house in April,” says Pardoe, “and we have furthered the details of the design since then.”
Further details on the project phasing have also been established to optimize Games-time needs and protect the investment in the plaza for future community use.
Celebration Plaza, located on municipal Lots 1 and 9 in Whistler Village, will be the site of nightly medal ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Closing Ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. It will also be the anchor location for the Celebration Sites program— arts and entertainment programming, which will include concerts, films, performing arts, sport demonstrations, and Games competitions broadcasts—throughout the 2010 Winter Games.
During its second phase of development after the Games, Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Plaza will be transformed to an outdoor gathering place for residents and visitors, featuring an open grass lawn, amphitheatre seating, an expanded children’s play area with a water feature, and seasonal performance spaces. This mixed-use space will serve as a permanent venue for recreation, community celebrations, and arts and performance programming.
The Celebration Plaza will include a Legacy Plaza, featuring Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia, such as the Olympic cauldron and installations to recognize contributions of athletes, medal winners, volunteers, government agencies, and partner organizations in Whistler’s journey to hosting the 2010 Winter Games.
The Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Plaza project is budgeted at $13.6 million. VANOC is contributing $4.2 million, the federal government’s (Canadian Heritage) Live Sites Program will cover $5 million, and the RMOW will be funding $4.4 million through hotel tax reserves. The 2010 Winter Games provided the opportunity for Whistler to build the public gathering and event space always envisioned for this area as part of the community plan with the assistance of significant external funding that would have otherwise gone toward temporary Games infrastructure.
Residents are invited to attend the Council presentation to learn more about the project and to view the most recent plans. Council meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the MY Millennium Place (4335 Blackcomb Way). Council agendas and links to design plans can be found at: www.whistler.ca.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It will be the site of the alpine, Nordic, and sliding events for the 2010 Winter Games as well as the Celebration Sites program featuring daily entertainment, nightly medals ceremonies, and the Closing Ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
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