St. George Rainway

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Over view photo of St. George Street looking North from 8th Avenue

We are in the Concept Design Phase of St. George Rainway and are looking for your feedback!

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
  • Cool the neighbourhood during summer heat

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

We are in the Concept Design Phase of St. George Rainway and are looking for your feedback!

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
  • Cool the neighbourhood during summer heat

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 management within a major street corridor, addressing water quantity as well as water quality.

Two previous rounds of public engagement have been conducted that have shaped the conceptual designs being shared in this phase of engagement. Phase 1: Vision and Values was an opportunity for the community to tell us what is most important to them. In Phase 2, we worked together to co-design the co-benefits you would like to see along the Rainway.

How can you get involved?

The City would like your thoughts on several design concepts for the St. George Rainway. These concepts are based on the ideas and feedback shared by the community, and take into consideration the project history, as well as feasibility, regulations, and other underground utility constraints.

Throughout November, you have the opportunity to rank your preferred Street Layout options and Green Rainwater Infrastructure concept designs. We will also be looking for your feedback on what public space improvements will encourage use of the Rainway. Here are the ways you can connect with us and share your feedback:

  • Complete our survey, open from November 4th until November 28th
  • Join our Virtual Open House on November 17th at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm to ask questions and learn more about the designs option. Register here(External link).

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

We want to hear from youth too!

We want to hear from all users of the Rainway, including youth. A fun collage-based activity package for children ages 6-13 has been developed so that youth can have their say on the Rainway. Work together with your children or community group to complete and submit a St. George Rainway Collage and submit it to raincity@vancouver.ca. To learn more and download the activity visit our Youth Engagement page.

How your feedback will be used

The rankings completed through the survey will inform which street layout option and green rainwater infrastructure concept will move forward into final concept design. This final design concept will be brought back to the community in Winter 2022 for final comment.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    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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