It’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood with a pristine view. But the developing River District will soon be more than meets the eye, as CKNW’s Jon McComb reports.
“There’s two parts to it. We’re looking inland, here. So, on the left, is the older part, which was Fraser Lands, it was called – and developed about twenty years ago. And on the right is the new development, the New River District development. And right in front of us, is Romer’s Restaurant.”
Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton isn’t shy about her pride in the growing neighbourhood. The River District, located around Marine Drive and Boundary Road, is in many ways is the model for Vancouver living, she says.
Don’t need a million to live on the river
Homes are more moderately priced than expected in other areas of Metro Vancouver, with buildings currently under construction and a large town centre planned as well — a brand new town in Southeast Vancouver.
“People will be able to get right on the river, and see the river – and use the river. That’s what we have not had in Vancouver. That’s the great beauty of this district.”
With parks and walking trails all along the waterfront, there’s plenty to do. And as one local resident, Clark, explains, it’s a great place to see some of the local wildlife.
“I love the scenery. The river, the eagles, the wildlife. It’s just awesome. It changes every day. Just going for a walk along the river, seeing the geese, you know, the tugs moving the logs…that’s the best part. That’s what does it for me.”
Relaxed, community feeling
Aaron Iverson of Romer’s Burger Bar sees the community growing as more customers come through.
“There’s a great community feel. A lot of the people that live around here come to our restaurant, it’s a great place to go for a walk. We have the farmer’s market here on Saturdays in the summer.”
Iverson notes the area is also laid out nicely; you can walk along the river, and take advantage of its close proximity.
If you’re interested in checking out the River District, the best time to go is on a Saturday, when the weekly farmer’s market is up and running. Anton says the bounty of food available is great.
“It’s beautiful. It’s all fruits and locally-made products. Some nice alcoholic beverages, that’s thanks to the provincial government’s new liquor policy – you can now have that at a farmer’s market.”
And what Vancouverite doesn’t love a good farmer’s market?