After more than a decade of planning and building, Vancouver’s new waterfront will open to the public in September 2018. The $1.5 billion public-private partnership between the City of Vancouver and Gramor Development will bring new attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy.
The most prominent symbol of the new waterfront will be Grant Street Pier. Jutting 90 feet out over the Columbia River, Grant Street Pier was specifically designed by nationally-renowned public artist Larry Kirkland to evoke the billow of a passing sailboat. The pier and nearby plaza will surely be a favorite gathering spot for book readers, lunchtime eaters, riverside joggers and vista seekers.
And, if Grant Street Pier is the symbolic shining jewel of the new waterfront, the Vancouver Waterfront Park is the surrounding crown. Following the curves of the river, the new park will stretch across 7.3 acres of green space and include picnic spots, sculptural components, and walking trails connecting to the existing five-mile Waterfront Renaissance Trail. Recreation enthusiast can enjoy a peaceful bike ride at sunset or lace up their tennis shoes for an invigorating morning run.
Foodies will also appreciate the influx of food options. Three new restaurants have been announced for The Waterfront with more on the way. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar promises a sophisticated dining meets riverfront boathouse atmosphere with its signature cocktails. Across the promenade, regional maven WildFin American Grill will offer sustainably grown and responsibly harvested seafood delights. Hungry visitors can even stop by the walk-up window for a fresh catch of the day. Just around the corner, MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company will be cooking up Neapolitan pizzas and Italian treats in its wood-fired ovens.
Best of all, The Waterfront will be incredibly easy to access. Before the development sprouted its iconic pier and distinctive buildings, it was a former industrial area closed off to the public for more than 100 years. Now, restored access has made it a closely connected part of Downtown Vancouver. Located just three blocks from Esther Short Park and the Vancouver Convention Center, the area is easily accessible via Grant Street or Columbia Street. The park, pier and buildings are all readily visible from Interstate 5.