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BC Place installs new safety railings on waist-high concrete ledges

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Kenneth Chan Jul 11, 2018 3:27 pm 3,093

New safety railings have been installed around the perimeter concrete ledge of the public plaza area on the northern side of BC Place Stadium.

The railings add to the height of the concrete ledge that protects spectators and animals from falling off the elevated perimeter plaza area, near Terry Fox Plaza, and onto Expo Boulevard – a drop of about three storeys.

These black-coloured metal railings add to the height of the concrete ledges, which are only about four-feet-tall.

Installed earlier in the year, they have replaced the temporary fencing that was in place.

BC Place Stadium safety railings

New safety railings installed on the perimeter concrete ledge at BC Place Stadium. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

“The perimeter railing provides an additional level of public safety for crowd management. It is also an added deterrent for potential issues with unleashed pets on the surrounding plazas,” Jinny Wu, a spokesperson for Pavco, the provincial crown corporation that operates BC Place, told Daily Hive.

Earlier in the decade, the short height of the concrete ledges drew much public attention after four off-leash dogs jumped over the ledges. In the separate incidents, three dogs died while one other dog suffered serious injuries.

The years-long temporary fencing was installed after the incidents.

BC Place Stadium safety railings

New safety railings installed on the perimeter concrete ledge at BC Place Stadium. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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