Long-awaited development opening today in Vancouver’s “Entertainment District” alongside new condo communities
The downtown “Entertainment District” around BC Place is marking a major milestone today (Friday September 29) with the grand opening of Parq Vancouver – a massive luxury hotel, casino and conference centre development.
Parq Vancouver contains two large hotels – a JW Marriott and the Douglas, an Autograph Collection Hotel – both of which offer their guests access to Parq’s extensive amenities. These include a huge casino, which has 600 slot machines, 74 table games, poker rooms and 11 VIP salons designed for private gaming.
Parq also has eight restaurants and lounges, a spa, a fitness studio and a 30,000-square-foot park with 200 native trees on a huge terrace, six storeys above street level. Parq Vancouver also has more than 60,000 square feet of conference and event space, including Vancouver’s largest hotel ballroom at a massive 15,600 square feet.
The striking, copper-glass-clad development will open at 11pm, Friday September 29, with its first ceremonial roll of the dice in the casino. The timing is deliberately coinciding with the end of the Coldplay concert at BC Place, intending to capture concertgoers as they leave the stadium, according to blog 604.now.
Parq Vancouver is at the heart of a revitalized district at the north end of Cambie Bridge, which has seen a major surge in residential development and is intended to become a major destination area of Vancouver.
Parq is squeezed between BC Place Stadium and Concord Pacific’s One Pacific luxury condo building, which completed last year. Currently under construction next door is One Pacific’s sister development Arc Vancouver, and the two condo buildings will be joined by a public plaza running under the Cambie Bridge off-ramp that divides them.
Check out these images of Parq Vancouver below. For more detail and information on the eight new restaurants, read our sister newspaper the Vancouver Courier’s preview tour article.
The end of the 30,000-square-foot part with its 200 native trees is just visible in this photograph - Photo: Joannah Connolly