The Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler is located in the scenic Cheakamus Valley in a newly constructed community. At the southern entrance to the resort of Whistler, this neighbourhood is surrounded by the magnificent coastal forest and adjacent to the majestic Cheakamus River Gorge at the south entrance to Whistler in the shadow of Whistler Mountain.
Housing in the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler will be a mixture of apartments, townhomes and hostel accommodation. All Whistler competition venues will be less than a 30-minute drive from the Village. A short shuttle ride will take athletes to the heart of Whistler and the site of the nightly medal presentations, live sites and ceremonies at the Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Plaza in the town's centre.
Legacy to Local Communities
After the Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler will provide much-needed affordable resident housing. The housing will be a model of sustainable living, comprising primarily resident-restricted housing for Whistler residents, plus mixed use amenities including commercial spaces, a youth hostel and excellent recreational facilities. Housing types will comprise a combination of duplexes, townhomes and apartments.
The neighbourhood will be enhanced through its combined location with another Olympic and Paralympic legacy project – the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. The vision for the Whistler Athletes’ Centre is for the facility to become a destination for Canadian athletes in training, offering high-performance athletes a permanent training facility near 2010 Winter Games legacy venues in Whistler. It will also support the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the 2010 Winter Games period.
The neighbourhood is designed to qualify as a Gold Level certification under the new LEED Neighbourhood Development (ND) rating system. The project is developed on a brownfield site making use of lands that were previously a landfill. The project also focused on preserving secondary growth forest and nearby wetlands. Once complete, the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler will have the highest neighbourhood density in the Whistler area, a facet that has enhanced the certification of the neighbourhood under the LEED for ND pilot scheme. An additional sustainability highlight is the Village’s innovative energy system: the neighbourhood will receive up to 90 per cent of the energy needed for heating and domestic hot water requirements by capturing waste heat from the nearby waste water treatment plant, substantially decreasing the electrical and natural gas requirements of the community. The project also contains an innovative storm water management system, using a network of roadside rain gardens, swales and sediment ponds to ensure no net impact on the water flow or quality in the nearby Cheakamus River.
The Whistler Athletes’ Centre
To provide a post-Games facility for the community of Whistler and Canadian athletes, VANOC, in partnership with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is building the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. Managed by the Whistler Legacies Society, the facility includes three mixed-use buildings that will be used for training as well as housing and commercial spaces.
While providing benefits to the residents of Whistler, the centre will also provide high-performance and development athletes with an opportunity to train and reside in a sport environment beside world-class venues. The centre will include a gymnastics centre, fitness room, low-cost accommodation alternatives, multi-purpose meeting rooms and lecture space. VANOC is responsible for the design and construction of the Whistler Athletes’ Centre, while the high-performance component of the centre is made possible with the support of the RMOW, which is funding the community gymnastics facility. Post-Games, this facility will evolve into a permanent athletes’ training centre and a lasting legacy for Canadian sport and the Whistler community.
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