St George Rainway

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Traffic Circle at St George Street and 7th Avenue

We want to hear your ideas for a proposed rainway along St George Street north of Broadway.

The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood. Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to:

  • Reduce flooding
  • Treat pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways
  • Enhance climate resiliency
  • Increase biodiversity

St George Street was once home to te Statlew, also known as St George Creek. In the early 1900s, this historic creek was buried underground to make way for roads and houses. The

We want to hear your ideas for a proposed rainway along St George Street north of Broadway.

The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood. Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to:

  • Reduce flooding
  • Treat pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways
  • Enhance climate resiliency
  • Increase biodiversity

St George Street was once home to te Statlew, also known as St George Creek. In the early 1900s, this historic creek was buried underground to make way for roads and houses. The St George Rainway aims to reimagine this historic waterway through implementing green rainwater infrastructure features that capture and clean rainwater from local streets and sidewalks.

Daylighting, which is a process of bringing a buried creek back to the surface, is not being considered for this project. St George Creek has been buried too deep below ground to make this option feasible. However, there are opportunities to acknowledge the importance and location of the creek through the creation of a unique rainway corridor.

Project history

The St George Rainway was first envisioned by a group of community volunteers that includes local residents, students, storytellers, designers, educators, business people, artists, and many others. The group has been working together with community partners and stakeholders since 2008 to envision the Rainway concept and create opportunities for artistic expression, education activities, and community gathering.

The St George Rainway project was also included in the 2013 Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Documents as a future walking and cycling corridor that extends from Great Northern Way Campus to Kingsway, one that demonstrates rainwater collection within a major street corridor, addressing water quantity as well as water quality.

How can you get involved?

We are now looking to further the vision and implement the Rainway project in consultation with the local community.

The development of a Rainway will require some trade-offs. To create space for the Rainway, some road space that is currently used for parking and/or travel will need to be repurposed.

The Rainway has potential to not only provide essential rainwater management services, but also create a unique blue-green corridor that provides enhanced public space, street improvements, and more greenery and biodiversity to the neighbourhood.

If you live, work, or play near St George Street north of Broadway, we want to hear from you.

  • We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Rainway along St George Street north of  Broadway. 

    The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood.  Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to reduce flooding, treat pollutants from roadways, reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways, enhance climate resiliency and increase biodiveristy.  As part of the project, we will also be looking at potential street improvements. 

    This project will also honour a historic neighbourhood stream, Te Statlew (St George Creek).  Daylighting, which is a process

    We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Rainway along St George Street north of  Broadway. 

    The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood.  Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to reduce flooding, treat pollutants from roadways, reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways, enhance climate resiliency and increase biodiveristy.  As part of the project, we will also be looking at potential street improvements. 

    This project will also honour a historic neighbourhood stream, Te Statlew (St George Creek).  Daylighting, which is a process of bringing a buried creek back to the surface, is not being considered for this project.  St George Creek has been buried too deep below ground to make this option feasible. However, there are opportunities to acknowledge the importance and location of the creek through the creation of a unique rainway corridor using green rainwater infrastructure. 

    Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to let us know what you value in your neighbourhood and help us shape the vision of this new Rainway. Note that all questions are optional, you may skip any you do not wish to answer.

    If you have comments on the changes we are proposing, please fill out this comment form. Paper copies are available on request, and can be submitted by mail. This survey will remain open until December 7, 2020.  

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  • Walking with the Current: A sensorial walk along St George Street is a guide for exploring St George Street. 

    This self-guided walk was created by Holly Schmidt, the current Engineering Artist-in-Residence at the City of Vancouver, as a way for people to engage with this familiar street in new ways.

    We would love to see what you discovered on your walk! After you've completed the walk, use this feature to submit your sketches and reflections. You don't need to answer each question, just what you are comfortable sharing. 


    Walking with the Current: A sensorial walk along St George Street is a guide for exploring St George Street. 

    This self-guided walk was created by Holly Schmidt, the current Engineering Artist-in-Residence at the City of Vancouver, as a way for people to engage with this familiar street in new ways.

    We would love to see what you discovered on your walk! After you've completed the walk, use this feature to submit your sketches and reflections. You don't need to answer each question, just what you are comfortable sharing. 


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