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VIVA Vancouver summer series is back!

July 3 2013

The full program for Granville weekend closures has been released; new activations include a Yaletown farmers market and more parklets

Corduroy road

Mayor Gregor Robertson officially launched VIVA Vancouver 2013 today, announcing a new, expanded lineup of music, dance, art and creative space-making that will take place in Downtown Vancouver and around the city this summer.

Stop, sit, and relax with friends and neighbours

VIVA Vancouver capitalizes on citizens’ love of the outdoors by inviting people to stop, sit, and relax with friends and neighbours in vibrant urban settings across the city. The announcement took place at the Corduroy Road seating installation, located at 800 Robson, which features a bright, deck-like structure dotted with umbrellas.

“Building on the success and popularity of last year’s family-friendly program, VIVA Vancouver is once again re-imagining our streets in innovative new ways,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve got a great line-up this year for people to enjoy, and some new activations in Yaletown, Marpole, and the West End that will strengthen our public spaces in fun and creative ways. I want to thank all of our partner organizations who are teaming up with the City to help bring our streets to life this summer.”

Details of this year's program

The Mayor announced details of this year's VIVA Vancouver program, including

  • VIVA Granville, which will bring music, dance and fun to Granville Street every weekend until Labour Day, including Latincouver, a Bike Rodeo, Five Hole for Food, Axe Capoeira, TaiwanFest and more
  • A new farmers’ market in Yaletown every Thursday from mid-August  to the end of September
  • Permanent rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute Street, ready for Pride
  • Marpole street mural, in partnership with the Marpole BIA and Emily Carr School of Art and Design
  • Expansion of the Pilot Parklet Program, which will build on the success of existing parklets such as the one at Main and E. 14th Avenue, and see parking spots converted into dynamic public spaces sponsored by businesses

See the full list of VIVA Vancouver events on our calendar

Towards a greener city

VIVA Vancouver is supported by partners such as the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and TransLink, and meets the goals outlined in the Transportation Plan and Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

 

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VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

VIVA Vancouver is the program that reduces the use of cars on select city streets throughout the summer.

Dunsmuir bike lane, © Paul Krueger

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Last modified: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:40:17