New name for athlete’s village announced at council meeting 

Say hello to Whistler’s newest neighbourhood: Cheakamus Crossing.

That was the name chosen by the community for the athletes’ village neighbourhood after a two-month selection process.

“One of the most difficult things in doing a development of a neighbourhood is selecting a name,” said Joe Redmond, president of Whistler2020 Development Corporation (WDC).

“We went through a process which we thought was a very good process where we requested the public to submit names to us.”

Municipal officials asked the public in December to come up with a creative name for the legacy neighbourhood. A short list was compiled in January, and the public got to vote for their favourite name.

Over 100 people submitted names, and three names emerged as preferred choices: Cheakamus, Cheakamus Crossing and Legacy Heights.

Over 50 per cent of public responses voted for either Cheakamus or Cheakamus Crossing, and council made the final decision on Monday night.

“I am really pleased with the interest and number of names that came forth,” said Mayor Ken Melamed.

“There seemed to be a preference that had to do with geographic location. I know there is an open house planned for Mar. 8, and the development board is interested in securing a name before that time.”

The open house will go over the type of housing units that will be available in the new neighbourhood, as well a provide more information on the project.

The decision to get the public involved in the naming process was made after the WDC could not agree on a name.


Squamish Nation looks to install cultural signs, information shelters

The Squamish Nation is looking to install signs and information shelters around town and along the highway to compliment the new Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.

“We want to welcome the world to our territories and ultimately strengthen the relationship with the municipality and the community by having a visible presence,” said Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation during a presentation to council Monday.

“This would remind visitors that this place has a story, that it has a history, and here are resources, as well as invite people to enjoy their journey.”

Campbell’s presentation was warmly received by council members and met with strong applause from the audience.

“I am genuinely so enthusiastic about the addition of this fantastic amenity being realized in Whistler,” said mayor Ken Melamed.

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