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Volunteers needed to help make downtown public space more vibrant and inviting

August 16 2017 Study will help Places for People Downtown program create comprehensive public space strategy

People seated and enjoying outdoor public space

Help make public space in downtown Vancouver more vibrant and inviting by playing a part in the City of Vancouver's Public Space and Public Life Study.

The City is looking for volunteers to help collect "people data" to better understand how residents and visitors get around and spend time in downtown Vancouver.

The research will provide insight into what people like about public space, how they use it, and why.

Public life surveys will be conducted during September 2017 and again in January 2018 to capture seasonal variations in public life.

Volunteers are invited to participate in both surveys.

How to get involved

The study is an opportunity for anyone interested in city planning, design, or public spaces to learn more and take an active role in future changes to the downtown public realm.

For the first survey:

  • Volunteers will work shifts on September 14 or September 16, 2017 and help gather behavioural mapping data and conduct surveys at various locations in downtown Vancouver.
  • Training sessions will take place on September 13.
  • Most shifts will be four hours and take place between 8 am and 8 pm. Some shifts involve a shorter time commitment.
  • Volunteers are welcome to participate in more than one shift.

To sign up as a volunteer, email placesforpeople@vancouver.ca by Friday, September 8, 2017.

Places for People Downtown

The Public Space and Public Life Study is being conducted by Gehl, a global leader in people-centered urban design as part of the City's Places for People Downtown program.

Places for People Downtown, led by the City's Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department, will help create a comprehensive Downtown Public Space Strategy in 2018 to ensure we have vibrant, exceptional and memorable public spaces in the downtown core.

The strategy's study areas include:

  • Central Business District
  • Coal Harbour
  • West End
  • Downtown South
  • Yaletown
  • False Creek North
  • Northeast False Creek

From plazas and parklets to laneway art and public squares, the City creates innovative public places that provide space for people to connect with their city and with each other.

The City works collaboratively across departments and with the public on a number of public space initiatives, including the development of an overarching strategy to foster outstanding public spaces in downtown Vancouver through Places for People Downtown, and the VIVA Vancouver program which continues to trial public space interventions across Vancouver such as parklets, strEATeries, and pavement-to-plaza activations.