If the Burrard SkyTrain station feels more like a park than transit hub, then the designers have succeeded in their job. The station is built on the site of the Bowell Maclean Cadillac dealership and incorporated into a triangle of land between Burrard, Melville and Dunsmuir known as Discovery Square. The design won the 1990 American Society of Landscape Architects International Award. The station was designed by Allan Parker and Associates – who were responsible for the station designs along the original Expo Line – based on a proposal from the firm of Don Vaughn and Associates who had won the original design competition for the park. Four stations on the downtown peninsula connect to the old Canadian Pacific Railway freight tunnel dug in the 1930s to move trains from False Creek to Burrard Inlet.
The park is named in honour of former Vancouver mayor Art Phillips, who helped launch the centrist political party The Electors Action Movement (TEAM). Phillips was elected to mayor in 1973, ending 40 years of leadership by the conservative Non-Partisan Association. Although he only held the position for four years, Phillips is widely considered one of Vancouver’s most impactful mayors. He was known for halting an expressway planned for Strathcona and Chinatown, overseeing the transformation of False Creek into a residential community and reintroducing housing in the downtown core. He also encouraged city planners to seek more community input and focus more on environmental concerns.
In early spring the station explodes in all-too-short burst of cherry blossoms from the double row of Yoshino trees planted along Melville Street. The station concourse is used each year to kick off the annual Cherry Blossom festival.
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