An Invitation to
Celebrate the Burrard Street Bridge


1932 - 2007


Burrard Bridge 1932   Burrard Bridge 2007   Burrard Bridge Next

1932                                     2007                                     Next

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 evoked a wide range of artistic expression, reflections and memories. On Sunday, August 26th, artists, community leaders, elected officials, and members of the public will have an opportunity to 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 at the Aquatic Centre.

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.

Why

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.

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 co-hosted by


Westend Business Improvement Association       Heritage Vancouver       Vancouver Community Forums


Downtown Vancouver Association     Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association     West End Citizens Action Network