Olympic Village StationEdit profile
Olympic Village Station is a SkyTrain station on the Canada Line in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The use of the term "Olympic" has been licensed for use by the International Olympic Committee.
The station is located underground at the intersection of Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue, adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge. It serves the existing South False Creek residential and commercial area, as well as the Olympic Athletes' Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The station is within walking distance of Leg-In-Boot Station on the Vancouver Downtown Historic Railway (a tram service which ran for several years until 2009, on weekends, connecting Science World and the Main Street ”“ Science World SkyTrain station to Granville Island). If the City converts the Downtown Historic Railway to a full streetcar line, there would be a stop at Olympic Village Station. In addition to the Historic Railway, the station is within a short walk of the False Creek Ferries and Aquabus Ferry stop at Spy Glass. Both companies provide service to Granville Island, David Lam Park, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and Science World, while False Creek Ferries provides service to Kitsilano and the West End. The #84 bus provides express service from this station to UBC and VCC”“Clark Station.
During the planning and approval process for the Canada Line, this station was originally intended for completion for 2009. When the cost of the project had to be scaled back by TransLink (circa 2005), the station was deferred until after the opening of the line in 2009. However, the City of Vancouver owns the station site and decided to fund the station's construction to spur redevelopment of its lands and the neighbouring Southeast False Creek neighbourhood, and it was restored to the initial phase. Olympic Village is the third name for this station; it was initially proposed as 2nd Avenue, and more recently as False Creek South.
Outside the station is a sculpture by Marie Khouri, "Le Banc" or "The Bench", intended to double as a bench for people to sit in. Soon after the Canada Line opened, the sculpture was disfigured by skateboarders who used it as a ramp. The work was repaired by Khouri at her own expense.