What happens in the Callaghan on July 3? 

Work will begin ‘immediately’ if the Olympic bid is successful, but there are still lots of decisions to be made

It will be a couple of years before the face of the Callaghan Valley will start to change should Whistler and Vancouver win the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

But plans will be worked on and permit papers begun as soon as the celebrations are over.

Vancouver and Whistler will learn July 2 if the International Olympic Committee has chosen their bid over Pyeongchang, Korea and Salzburg, Austria.

While starting work immediately has always been the plan, said George McKay, director of the Callaghan Valley Master Plan process, a recent IOC evaluation report pointing out that a project of this magnitude may face "challenges" has underscored the necessity of getting a head start on the venue work.

"What the IOC was really suggesting was that this is a fairly big project and we recognize that this is a major project," said McKay of the $100 million project.

"If you look backwards from having to be fully functional and operational from the date of 2010, the things that need to be done, and the works that have to be built, and the planning and approval process that it has to go through, it is a reasonably tight time frame.

"We will need to be diligent in using the time that we have available to us between now and hosting the Games in 2010.

"It is not a matter of it being seven years away and we can take our time and get after it later."

It will likely take until 2005 to finalize venue plans and get all the necessary paperwork in order.

Road upgrading, paving and construction, and site preparation will begin in 2005. Venue construction will begin soon after with the complex completed sometime in 2007. Clean-up and landscaping will continue into 2008.

It’s likely, said McKay, that regional and even national events will take place over the winter of 2008-09.

Then, as prescribed by the IOC, international events would be hosted in the winter of 2009 as test events and the Games in 2010.

As well as the venues for ski jumping, Nordic combined, cross-country ski events and the biathlon there will also be waxing huts built and some sort of permanent day lodge with washroom facilities and public space. Other facilities will be constructed but it has yet to be determined if they will be permanent or temporary.

The entrance to the Callaghan is also the preferred site of the bid corp. for the Whistler athletes Olympic village.

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