Is there a community in Vancouver that’s maturing faster than the River District?

What was once an industrial area along the Fraser River in South Vancouver, River District continues to see plenty of growth, welcoming new developments and desirable neighbourhood amenities.

At the heart of the emerging area is the River District Centre, which the Urban Development Institute recently honoured with its Best Outside the Box award.

“The 6,200-square-foot centre communicates the vision for the River District project using a state-of-the-art model and interactive exhibits,” reads the UDI press release. “It also generates project awareness and engages the surrounding community through a variety of partnerships, activities and events that bring both the young and the young-at-heart to the area.”

The centre, which was created by ParkLane Homes, includes a drop-in centre for families, a children’s play area, fitness and yoga instruction, and beach volleyball courts in the summer.

It’s these sorts of amenities that make the neighbourhood and its homes so popular. Homes like Polygon’s River Walk project, which features West Coast modern architecture, “saw-tooth” rooflines, strong brick facades with natural wood elements and nine-foot ceilings.

And all of that – the community centre and the River Walk townhomes – is surrounded by River District’s brand new parks and schools, shopping, dining and other riverfront amenities.

As Kyra Lubell, River District Centre’s director of community relations, told us during a BuzzTalk interview last year, the goal is to build a complete and walkable community that’s close to everything – where residents won’t need to get in their cars for anything.

The 130-acre River District will continue to be built over the next 15 to 20 years. Eventually, the area will be home to 15,000 residents, 7,000 multi-family homes, a commercial mixed-use core, two schools, community centre, child care centres, 25 acres of parks and 1.5 kilometers of waterfront access.

For more on the area, be sure to read our entire BuzzTalk Q&A with Kyra Lubell here.

For more information on the River Walk townhomes, call 604 438 2858, email riverwalk@polyhomes.com, or visit their website

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