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INTERNATIONAL MARINA AND WATERFRONT CONSULTANTS MDLCONSULTANCY.COM INTERNATIONAL MARINA AND WATERFRONT CONSULTANTS WE OWN MARINAS. WE KNOW MARINAS. OVER 40 YEARS OF PLANNING AND OPERATING AROUND THE WORLD. PLANNING & DESIGN FOR SUPERYACHT MARINA MARINA PORT VELL, SPAIN With over 40 years of planning and running marinas across the globe, MDL Marina Consultancy is the team to turn to for full service marina business advice. Our marina professionals have experience across the marina business, so we have the specialist know-how to support you at every stage of the journey. We’ll work with you to extract the very best results and make your plans succeed. The close teamwork and tailored consultancy we offer is the advantage that will deliver vibrant, profitable leisure destinations with the foundations to deliver long term results. • BUSINESS PLANNING • DESIGN • PROJECT MANAGEMENT • OPERATIONS • BERTH SALES • REDEVELOPMENT STATEMENT OF CAPABILITY WE OWN MARINAS. WE KNOW MARINAS. Download our Statement of Capability to your mobile device by scanning this QR code. +44 (0)23 8045 7155 CONSULTANCY@MDLMARINAS.COM MDLCONSULTANCY.COM

PLANNING & DESIGN Left and below: the urban renewal of False Creek prioritised on creating an accessible waterfront. Enhancing boating facilities in False Creek by Michael Tranmer and Paul Hoo (All images: McFarland Marceau Architects) The Canadian city of Vancouver in British Columbia is frequently cited as one of the most livable cities in the world with an enviable mix of mountain, ocean and climate. The residents of Vancouver, ‘Vancouverites’, take full advantage year round of their fortunate location through numerous physical activities in the great outdoors. One of the fastest growing sports in the city is dragon boating, which takes place on the natural ocean inlet known as False Creek. Once the industrial centre of Vancouver, False Creek was home to many sawmills, port operations and the railways through to the 1950s. Debates in the 1960s and 1970s on freeways, urban renewal and the rise of residents participating in urban planning began to shape False Creek into its present form. Through this period the public was involved in a major design process which established priorities for an accessible waterfront, mixed-tenure housing, live-aboard boats and a vibrant waterfront market on the now world renowned Granville Island. This urban renewal propelled False Creek into a major boating area for many different activities including dragon boating, canoeing, kayaking, public ferries, charter ships and visiting pleasure boats. False Creek boasts ten marinas with berths for over 1,500 watercraft as well as several paddling clubs and boat rental facilities. Since its introduction to Vancouver’s False Creek at the Expo ‘86 World’s Fair, dragon boating has been growing in popularity attracting people interested in learning to paddle as part of a dragon boat team, as well as competitive athletes who use False Creek for training and competition. Recently the redevelopment activity around the shores of southeast False Creek have helped encourage further participation in a number of water sports. For the 2010 Winter Olympic Games the athletes’ village was constructed on the southeast shores of False Creek. At the conclusion of the games, the same neighbourhood was developed into a residential area with housing and services for up to 13,000 people. Since that time ‘The Village on False Creek’ has blossomed into a vibrant community complete with grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and numerous coffee shops to name a few of the popular services. Also popular within The Village is the City of Vancouver’s new Creekside community centre which serves as a base for the dragon boaters. Since 2010, the Dragon Boat Festival Society (DBFS) has been running a successful dragon boating programme as well as providing other paddling opportunities in collaboration with the City of Vancouver’s Park Board. In 2013 approximately 4,400 people participated in these programmes. Also growing is attendance at the International Dragon Boat Festival held each June in Vancouver’s False Creek. Recognised as North America’s biggest and best, the festival attracts over 100,000 competitors and spectators and close to 200 dragon boat teams from around the world. Currently, the DBFS and participants in the Dragon Boat Festival are using a former ferry dock in the southeast corner of False Creek. Over time, timber floats have been added to the dock to meet programme needs. Located next to a waterfront path, portable metal storage containers used by the paddlers are being displaced by development of a new park. With the growing demand from the paddling community, the gap between programme needs and quality infrastructure will continue to rise www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2015 17

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