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7th and St. george
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The St. George Rainway is a community led initiative aiming to recreate the historic creek that used to flow along the path of St George Street in Vancouver. The Rainway will bring the neighbourhood together, celebrate the rain, a demonstrate an ecologically-diverse way of managing rainwater in the city. The Rainway concept has now been incorporated into the official community plan for the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.

The St George Rainway Project

The St George Rainway Project is a community driven initiative that seeks to recall a historic waterway in Mt. Pleasant. The goal is to use rainwater runoff from adjacent properties, the street, and connecting laneways to recreate this lost stream as part of a "Rainway" along St. George St. from Kingsway to the False Creek Flats.

Through a range of community events we have worked with diverse stakeholders to envision what a green redesign of the headwaters of te Statlew, the little creek also known as the St George Rainway, could look like.

Imagining the Rainway (11th and St. George).

Imagining the Rainway (11th and St. George).

In addition to naturalizing the streetscape and drainage, the community is creating opportunities for artistic expression, educational activities, urban agriculture, and community gatherings. This initiative is both an engineering and community-building project. In the summer of 2013, the rainway concept was included in the official community plan for the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood.

A portion of the concept plan developed in collaboration with city staff.

A portion of the concept plan developed in collaboration with city staff.

The stream 'daylighting' project draws inspiration from other projects around the world which have brought hidden creeks and rivers back to the light of day.  An example in Vancouver is Still Creek, and the most compelling example comes from Seoul, Korea - where a freeway was torn down to revive an historic river.

From Freeway to River: The Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul Korea.

From Freeway to River: The Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul Korea.

The rainway concept includes parts of the street that would be converted to one-way traffic.

The rainway concept includes parts of the street that would be converted to one-way traffic.

What's new?

RAINWAY SURVEY: We want to know what you think! Click here to fill out a survey to give us your valuable input on the future of the St George Rainway

Check out the presentation we gave at the BCSLA annual conference here

Do you want to see water brought back to the False Creek Flats in some way? Share your ideas through the City of Vancouver's False Creek Flats planning initiative.