REVIVER Sport + Entertainment has proposed a notion to create a one-of-a-kind surf park near Vancouver’s False Creek.
The Burnaby-based company hopes to build CitySurf, a multipurpose park and urban beach.
The new park would bring a taste of the surfing culture seen in Tofino, into the heart of downtown Vancouver.
The surf park would be a first for Canada in an urban setting. The facility would be located near the TELUS World of Science and Creekside Park. The pay-for-use surf park would have an accessible beach, a restaurant and other entertainment amenities.
CitySurf would provide Vancouverites with a unique floating wave pool for surfing and it would also address the significant pollution problem in False Creek.
“Much of our city waterfront invites participation on the water but for reasons including physical conditions, water temperature and pollution, it offers only limited immersive opportunities”, states architect and REVIVER CEO Philip Davis. ”Vancouver is an ocean city with an active outdoor water-oriented lifestyle, but due to geography it lacks open ocean surf. CitySurf changes all that. We’re proposing to create a world-class city amenity, in an underutilized waterway, while tackling a recognized environmental issue in a city that promotes itself as one of the greenest on the planet.”
Other areas in downtown Vancouver were considered but False Creek was decided as the best fit for its proximity to transit and access to the seawall.
“No doubt the idea will excite and inspire people – and possibly surprise and confront others. But that’s the nature of proposing a creative and dynamic city-shaping concept,” says Davis. “As designers and entrepreneurs, we’re passionate about enhancing the livability and enjoyment of our city. We’re going public with CitySurf early in the process to spark interest, feedback and participation from our local and global communities. When challenging people to engage in an innovative idea, sometimes you have to make waves for great things happen!”
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