Coal Harbour, Vancouver

How can we engage our waterfront?

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  1. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    make it public
  2. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    music
  3. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    not like this
  4. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    swimming races
  5. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Swimming space - easy access to swimming
  6. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    rentable boats! Canoes etc
  7. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    people
  8. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Having it accessible to everyone with friendly urban design
  9. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    By eventually reclaiming portuary installations, as was done in Hamburg, Bordeaux, Montréal.
  10. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Build underwater public spaces and ...
  11. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a place to be able to dip your toes in without fear of falling in
  12. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    add some extensions into the sea, where people can sit surrounded by the water. Some can be glazed for the winter so as to allow for their use even in the rain. I'm thinking little glass cubicles with seating areas and happy colors :)
  13. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    interactive design
  14. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    boats
  15. How can we engage our waterfront?
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  16. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create a pool within water, as seen here in Paris https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jul/22/paris-queues-clean-canal-swimmers-villette-seine
  17. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    beach
  18. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    fun
  19. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dip our toes
  20. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water pedal bikes!
  21. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More Pleasant Promenades
  22. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    add small business
  23. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    banana boats, and water tours
  24. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    we could put a big trampoline with a waterslide
  25. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create bath/shower facilities for the homeless.
  26. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water play spaces, gathering places, natural settings that inspire rest, relaxation and human connection
  27. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    tubes! in shapes!
  28. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    provide clean swimming access points
  29. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Clean up the water in False Creek
  30. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it safe! Make it warm!
  31. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it accessible to everyone, not just those with yachts.
  32. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Art pieces
  33. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Dive a lot
  34. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    By making the water clean from human waste that is pumped into it. I wouldn't be so keen to jump in the water like these kids are. Having a bunch of crap bike lanes doesn't actually produced "construction based pollution" didn't make us greener, but having clean water might.
  35. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more amenities for derelict vessels at anchor
  36. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    hover bikes
  37. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Eliminate the current barriers to physically touching the water!
  38. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more beaches
  39. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create a floating park which constantly changes the view of the landscape.
  40. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    free entry "Piscinas das mares by Alvaro Siza" kind of natural pool
  41. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create places that serve a variety of purposes - relaxation, contemplation, meeting, gathering
  42. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Cool design
  43. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Total wipeout
  44. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Social Space
  45. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    floating plant structures
  46. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Surf Park
  47. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    running trails
  48. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    surfing?
  49. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    kayak!
  50. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    stationery swimming structures
  51. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    gimme more parking
  52. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Food
  53. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more public infrastructure!
  54. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More moorage
  55. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    boardwalks
  56. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more activites
  57. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Active uses
  58. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    needs an habitat island-like space like false creek has. it is magical. I go there all the time with my kids. Such a welcome respite to the urban edge of everything else.
  59. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    MAKE THIS REAL LIFE PLEASE
  60. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    sustain the environment
  61. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    clean water
  62. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more activities, but first we need cleaner water quality
  63. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    interesting activities open area, photogenic
  64. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water taxis connecting Stanley Park (east) with Coal Harbor, SeaBus Terminal (Van), Ft of Lonsdale (NV) and Harbourside (NV)
  65. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    make it biodiversified
  66. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    free
  67. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    planning policies
  68. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Keep the water clean
  69. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Add telescopes and details about the Mountains and surrounding sights for tourists...always overhear them wondering what something they are looking at is.
  70. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Cannonballs!
  71. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Catapults!
  72. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water quality must be impeccable.
  73. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More shaded places to make people comfortable and more accessibility. Ensuring people that they can be in a clean area although there are many harbours around.
  74. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    public art
  75. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    we can bungee jump
  76. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Carousel
  77. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Public Art, + public spaces, family oriented or all ages activities
  78. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    clean up the water
  79. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    warmer water
  80. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    rainbow slides... oversize inflatable swans..
  81. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    parking/transport/access
  82. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    by creating an outdoor hot tub swimming lagoon complex (similar to Brisbane's South Bank); thus, residents of Vancouver can enjoy the outdoors and the waterfront area year round...in the summer people can enjoy what you have depicted in this picture, and then warm up in the hot tubs, and in the winter, people can enjoy the hot tubs and beautiful waterfront views
  83. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    encourage social interaction
  84. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    cycle it !
  85. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more swimming
  86. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    diversity of openness
  87. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    playfulness
  88. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    waterslides and jetpacks
  89. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    public access to all waterfront areas
  90. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    by cleaning it up
  91. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    design!
  92. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Less rules. Parks are a huge part of the culture in many cities globally.
  93. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    water cannons
  94. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more public space
  95. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Clean outdoor pool
  96. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More public access
  97. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Look at other waterfront cities, take their example. Move with purpose, don't take forever to make a change!
  98. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Playfullness
  99. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More small shops/cafe's. Outdoor patio space/shaded area.
  100. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Sculptural buoys!
  101. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Swimming pool
  102. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More functional public spaces
  103. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Provide recreational activities ie kayaks, row boats, paddle boats, etc. Create opportunities for fishing, swimming, etc.
  104. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a balance of greenspace, residences, and commerce
  105. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    front to water
  106. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dance
  107. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    many activities
  108. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    activities (kayak, paddle board rentals), music fests (jazz, etc), local produce markets, park and beach space with chair and umbrella rentals, cafes with patios
  109. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    jump in!
  110. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it more accesible
  111. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    water park
  112. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    politician dunk tank
  113. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    fish farms
  114. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    hydroponics
  115. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Slides
  116. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More small business on the seawall
  117. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dog pool
  118. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Monitoring water toxicity and maintaining a healthy aquatic environment for marine animals and people.
  119. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Coves and small inlets; not a hard line at the water's edge.
  120. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Kayak-friendly connections to dining!
  121. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    shaded areas
  122. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create a transit galleria and great public plaza at Waterfront Station.
  123. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more accessibility
  124. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    A segment of structural glass walled walkway that is recessed a few feet down into the ocean water at highest tides, and with some marine habitat visible underwater on each side.
  125. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    With respect to the cantilevered structural form shown on the website: not by doing that; too much public liability for any municipality to have a structure with fall hazard exposure like that.
  126. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create blurry edges along seawall
  127. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    play area with sand
  128. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    an awesome water slide and a green space to lie down on your towels in the sun.
  129. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a place for all to enjoy walking, biking, playing, visiting with friends
  130. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    By not being afraid to dip a toe in there
  131. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Ensure the water is clean.
  132. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Give me a place where I can throw a line in the water and fish the way people used to years ago!
  133. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    transform our thinking as a waterfront city
  134. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    activate Coal Harbour for residents and tourists alike

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