Today we asked our readers on Facebook and Twitter if they had any New West questions that we could try to answer. I’ll be working through the list over the next few days. Today, we start with an easy one: Celine Pitfield-Heidrich asked us something that I’m sure many local Olympic fans have wondered about: what is the parade route of the Olympic torch?
The quick answer is … we don’t know yet! I asked Jay Young, Chair of the Olympic Torch Celebration Committee, and he tells me that VANOC won’t be releasing the route for the Olympic Torch run through New Westminster until two weeks before February 9th.
I’ve asked to be let in on the big secret when the city’s other local media are notified, and we’ll let y’all know as soon as we do!
Until then, just for fun: what do you think the route should be? I’m going to bet it’ll be down Columbia Street, with an afterparty in Hyack Square, but perhaps a more picturesque route would be through Queen’s Park, with free hot chocolate for all!
Update: Tourism New West says on its Facebook page, “It’s coming! The Olympic Torch will be arriving in New West on Tues Feb 9th,2010. Huge celebration in Queens Park from 10:15am-12:15pm! Come and line the streets as the torch will pass through the beautiful streets of the Royal City!!” – looks like my second guess may be closer.
And speaking of Olympics … what will you do during those two weeks? Who’s got tickets? Who’s gettin’ outta dodge? Who’s making a killing renting out their basement suites? Will and I will be hunkered down in New West, avoiding SkyTrain and downtown – and renting a room to distant relatives who couldn’t find hotel accommodation while they’re in town doing business during the Olympics!