For his years of service with the Vancouver Canucks and local charity initiatives, Pat Quinn will be immortalized with a street name.
Earlier today, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the staff-recommended proposal to rename the 700-block of Abbott Street from Expo Boulevard to Pacific Boulevard.
This follows a passed motion proposed by Mayor Gregor Robertson on December 16 to examine the possibility of renaming a street to honour Quinn, who passed away from illness at the age of 71 on November 23.
City staff also considered renaming the plaza south of the Pacific Coliseum, the former home of the Canucks, but they opted Abbott Street instead given that Quinn was instrumental in the team’s move to Rogers Arena (General Motors Place) in 1995.
The municipal government does not consider renaming streets unless the renaming is meant to improve public safety, but staff understood the historic and cultural implications of Quinn’s legacy on both the local and national spheres of hockey and charity work.
In addition, the City’s Civic Asset Naming Committee has no issue with the street renaming’s impact on the integrity of existing historical references. The 700-block of Abbott Street is a relatively recent extension of Gastown’s century-old Abbott Street, named after Henry Braithwaite Abbott, a Canadian Pacific Railway executive.
The street was extended decades ago when the rail yard under the Dunsmuir and Georgia Street Viaducts were demolished.
Only the address of Rogers Arena will be affected by the street renaming.