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    Meet Vancouver USA’s New Waterfront

    POSTED July 9, 2018

Sponsored by Visit Vancouver USA

After more than a decade of planning and building, Vancouver USA’s new waterfront will open 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 meeting-goers to enjoy.

The most prominent symbol of the new waterfront will be Grant Street Pier. Located just three blocks from the Hilton and Vancouver Convention Center, the new pier is easily accessible to meeting attendees. The visually striking pier juts 90 feet out over the Columbia River and was specifically designed by nationally-renowned public artist Larry Kirkland to evoke the billow of a passing sailboat.

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 offer prime areas for breakout sessions, evening receptions, and post-event excursions. The park will include picnic spots, sculptural components, and walking trails connecting to the existing 5-mile Waterfront Renaissance Trail.

Planners looking ahead to the future can also get excited about The Waterfront’s Hotel Indigo, which is slated to open in early 2020. The 138-room property will feature a restaurant, a rooftop bar, and 5,000 square feet of event space, serving as the perfect overflow option for large groups at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Additional event space will arrive in the form of private dining rooms at several new restaurants. 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 when it opens on August 15. 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.  A brewery space with views of Mt. Hood and space for events is also in the works.

The first restaurants will open in mid-August, and a grand opening event for the park and pier is set for September 29.

Sponsored by Visit Vancouver USA

Contact the team at Visit Vancouver USA today to discuss how your next meeting can be among the first to enjoy the stunning views and new attractions at The Waterfront.

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