Legacies of the 2010 Winter Games
Did you know that the 2010 Olympic Winter Games has left Whistler with more than 25 different legacies for the benefit of the community? The effects of these Olympics will be felt for years to come.
Some of these legacies, will provide directs benefits; others will be indirect. Some are yet to be realized, while others are already providing tangible benefits. These legacies include everything from the Whistler Athletes Village to international media exposure.
The legacies are everywhere. For example; in advance of the 2010 Winter Games, Environment Canada set up three state-of-the-art weather stations to help improve mountain weather forecasts; at the 1,650- metre mark of Whistler Mountain; at the top of the Garbanzo Chair and on Mount Waddington on the British Columbia coast - upstream in the weather flow to the Whistler area.
After the 2010 Winter Games, many of Whistler's venues will directly benefit the community. The Whistler Athletes' Village will be transformed post-Games into a legacy resident neighbourhood and the Whistler Medals Plaza will serve as an outdoor gathering and event space.
The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park will serve as the training ground for elite athletes and recreational users for years to come. Other legacies include but are not limited to hydrogen buses, a new natural gas pipeline, more telecommunication services, increased public art, enhanced accessibility, financial tools, Whistler Conference Centre renovations and the Whistler Athletes' Centre.
From its resident housing to its lasting partnerships, the legacies of the Games will remain in Whistler for generations thanks to the planning, energy, commitment and investment of thousands of people.
Click here for a complete list of Whistler’s Lasting Legacies.