Your “wild card” to transform Vancouver’s eastern core could win $1,500

Have you got an idea that would transform the north shore of False Creek and the city’s critical False Creek flats, the eastern core of the city? If so, you could win $1,500 in Vancouver’s Re:connect ideas competition.

You can be the city planner and city engineer: create a new vision for key lands bounded by Yaletown, Chinatown, Strathcona and right out to Grandview Woodlands that ensure a properous future for the city.

City residents will vote on the People’s Choice idea in an online ballot Nov. 21 to 25.

The Wild Card prize is just one of three “streams” of prizes totalling $10,000 designed to trigger wide public involvement — and professional input — on the final development of these critical elements of the city’s future.

All the tools you’ll need to make your submission are on the city’s site.

The ideas competition flows from the two-year debate on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, the remnant stump of a freeway project the voters rejected in 1971.

With an engineering report confirming that the Viaducts could be reduced or eliminated as rapid transit investments continue to reduce vehicle traffice, the way is open to a new plan for this area.

There are some boundaries: the city wants to protect the flats for jobs, goods and services must still flow, there are some view corridors.

 But the “wild card” option can be right outside the box — and could be the winner.