THE City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board are hosting a series of community celebrations throughout February and March to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Countless partners rallied together in preparation for the games, uniting the community and building the city we know and love today, the City said on Thursday.
To celebrate, the City and Park Board are inviting sports fans, past volunteers, and future athletes to the 2010 Blue Jacket Volunteer Celebration, 2010 Winter Games Pin Exchange, and “Wear Red” Family Day Skates at Hillcrest, Killarney, and Trout Lake arenas.
Beyond that, Vancouverites will get the opportunity to train like an Olympian, try a Paralympic sport, learn about Indigenous Art, or join “Community Living Rooms” to take in highlights from 2010 and re-live that golden goal.
“The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games were an incredible catalyst for change within our community,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “One of the longest lasting legacies was how they inspired future generations to get involved in sport and build meaningful connections. These anniversary celebrations will once again bring us together and remind us that the community pride, inclusivity, and inspiration the games brought to Vancouver is still with us today.”
As a result of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, residents of Vancouver now have direct access a network of sporting facilities, better transit, expansive public art, and new thriving neighbourhoods. Four signature venues that were built in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, Hillcrest Centre, Creekside and Trout Lake Community centres, and Killarney Rink, are now managed by the Vancouver Park Board.
“The pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles inspired by the 2010 Winter Games is on display every day at our facilities,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Camil Dumont. “The multi-purpose Hillcrest is our flagship recreation centre and a destination for residents from across the city. It continues to exceed expectations, receiving 2.5 million visits a year. We’re pleased to celebrate the Games’ 10 year anniversary with a variety of events and activities at Hillcrest and our other legacy facilities.”
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games took place from February 12 to 28, 2010. Overall, 202 athletes represented Canada in 15 sports. Canada finished third with 26 medals; 14 gold, seven, and five bronze.
The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games took place from March 12 to 21, 2010. Overall, 46 athletes represented Canada in five sports. Canada finished third with 19 medals; 10 gold, five silver, and four bronze.
For a list of partner events happening in Vancouver to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the games click here.