Celebrating the Burrard Street Bridge

1932 - 2007

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A Heritage Vancouver Event

Sunday, August 26th, 2007
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sunset Meadows

Heritage Vancouver is hosting a community celebration to mark the 75th Birthday of a famous Vancouver landmark, the Burrard Street Bridge. Vancouverís iconic heritage bridge, which officially opened in the summer of 1932, was originally designed as the ceremonial entrance to False Creek and downtown Vancouver.

Over its 75-year life span this art deco bridge has inspired a wide range of artistic expression. On Sunday, August 26th, artists, current and former Mayors and City Council members, and community leaders are being invited to come and share their photographs, paintings, poems, memories, reflections and ideas about the Burrard Street Bridge on the grassy area known as Sunset Meadows immediately to the west of the bridge

Birthday guests will savour two giant cakes one replicating the Burrard Street Bridge and the other of a pedestrian and cyclist bridge designed to be as memorable as similar structures in other world-class cities.


Over the last 15 years the City of Vancouver has been exploring ways to increase the capacity of the bridge. Currently the City is working on a detailed design of a sidewalk expansion on this iconic Art Deco landmark.

The plans are to create new sidewalks on cantilevered outrigger structures, adding appendages slicing horizontally across the bridge's architectural features that would radically alter the bridge's appearance. The existing railings would be demolished to make way for new railings pushed out to the edges of the new sidewalks. Without its original railings, the bridge would lose its strong edges and its defining architectural features would be isolated in a broad expanse of pavement.

The issue is how to accommodate increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians without compromising the heritage architecture and iconic status of the bridge and disfiguring this civic landmark.


We would like to invite your organization to be a co-host of this old fashioned community Birthday Party. It involves adding your name to the organizations committed to publicly marking this important milestone in the history of the Burrard Street Bridge. To be a part of the celebration contact Heritage Vancouver at (604) 331-8430 or info@heritagevancouver.org.

Click here for a view of the future for the world-renowned Burrard Street Bridge.

More information is available at www.heritagevancouver.org

Bring your family and friends

Celebration hosted by

Westend BIA       Heritage Vancouver       Vancouver Community Forums

Downtown Vancouver Association     DVBIA     WECAN