Great news from the Feds & the Province – & the Ziptrek remains open during the Paralympics!
The Federal government has just announced that they have appointed former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan as Canada's Paralympic Ambassador. The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) made the joint statement this morning. As Canada’s Paralympic Ambassador, Mr. Sullivan will bring a greater visibility to the Paralympic movement while showcasing Canadian leadership and athletic excellence.
The Federal government also announced that they will be providing an additional $12 million to expand broadcasting of the Paralympic Games. Of the additional $12 million in funding, $10 million will support the delivery of the Games and $2 million will support the television broadcast of the Games. From March 12 to 21, Whistler and Vancouver will host 1350 athletes and officials from 44 countries at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
And for many of readers of our 2010 Updates, we're pleased to let you know that The British Columbia Pavilion and activities at Robson Square that have become a focal point for people to gather and celebrate during the Olympic Winter Games will also be open during the Paralympic Winter Games!
In an release this morning, Premier Gordon Campbell announced that Robson Square remain open as the hub of free, family activities hosted by the Province of British Columbia during the 2010 Games. This includes skating at the GE Plaza ice rink, the Robson Square zipline, daily free entertainment and concerts, screens showing events, free admission to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the B.C. Pavilion, and other family activities.
Robson Square will be open for the duration of the Olympic Games until Feb. 28, and then again for the duration of the Paralympics, which run March 12-21.
A Few Robson Square Factoids
- One Million: Total number of visitors to Robson Square since opening day.
- 75,000 - 100,000: Average number of visitors to Robson Square every day.
- 8,000: Total number of thrill seekers who have ridden the Robson Square zipline to date.
- 700: Average number of thrill seekers riding the Robson Square zipline every day.
- 50,000: Total number of visitors to the B.C. Canada Pavilion.
- 12,000: Total number of people who have skated on the ice at GE Plaza since opening day.
- 1,000: Average number of people skating on the ice at GE Plaza every day
- Nine: Number of couples who have gotten engaged at or around the rink.
- One: Number of couples who have gotten engaged on the zipline.