One of the major symbols of the Olympic Games, the neck lanyards emblazoned with the words "Vancouver 2010," will become a symbol of concern for the environment as the Olympics give way to the Paralympics.
Though the Olympics themselves end on Sunday, some of the Games’ most popular attractions will reopen for the start of the Paralympics, including public skating and the zipline at Robson Square, the Canada Pavilion, Northern House and Saskatchewan Pavilion as well as the Power Smart Village at the BC Hydro Building, News1130 reported. The cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be relit as well. Pride House and the Olympic Line streetcar will continue to run until mid-March.
BC Hydro representative Simi Heer expects strong family attendance, but emphasizes that activities will have a defined focus. "One of our primary goals of the village is to educate people about conservation and sustainability. So we’re actually giving away lanyards to kids who participate in one of our activities," Heer told the news provider.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that the Paralympics will feature about 1,350 disabled athletes. The games were organized by the same committee that handled the Olympic Games, with one representative telling the newspaper the games are "inseparable."
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