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We are the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.  

The Park Board operates:

  • 240 parks
  • Destination gardens
  • 24 community centres with swimming pools, arenas, and playing fields
  • Three championship golf courses

Our 404-hectare Stanley Park (1,000 acres) is considered one of the top urban parks in the world with ancient cedars, wildlife, rainforest ecology, vibrant art and attractions, and a seawall path used by millions of walkers and cyclists a year.

Our parks, recreation, and cultural assets are prized by Vancouverites and visitors as some of the finest in the world. Please help us protect and preserve them for future generations.

 

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Plan and book an event

Find information about planning and booking events in Vancouver parks and facilities including weddings, meetings, and special events

Passes, discounts, and gift cards

Learn how you can save money on Park Board programs and services with fitness passes, group rates, low-income discounts, and gift cards.

Recreational activities

Take a look at the types of recreational activities we offer in Vancouver, from swimming to pottery.

Park Board Commissioners 2014-2018

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation provides, preserves, and advocates for parks and recreation services to benefit all.

Improving parks and beaches in Vancouver - Renfrew Ravine

Improving our parks, beaches, and trails

Find out how the Vancouver Park Board and City are working to maintain and improve Vancouver's parks, beaches, and trails.

What's new at Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Events at Park facilities

VanSplash open house

Sat, Jul 23, 11:00am–2:00pm

VanSplash Consultation at Kits Pool 

Sat, Jul 23, 11:00am–2:00pm

Fresh Local Poetry: Kitsilano Farmers Market 

Sun, Jul 24, 10:00am–1:00pm

VanSplash open house

Sun, Jul 24, 11:00am–2:00pm

VanSplash Consultation at New Brighton Pool 

Sun, Jul 24, 11:00am–2:00pm

Music in the Park 

Sun, Jul 24, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Music in the Park 

Sun, Jul 31, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Fresh Local Poetry: West End Farmers Market 

Sat, Aug 13, 9:00am–2:00pm

Creative Weaving with Debra Sparrow 

Mon, Aug 15, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Creative Weaving with Debra Sparrow 

Mon, Sep 19, 4:00pm–6:00pm

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