Staying active and having access to outdoor spaces is a big part of our health as citizens and communities.
Regular physical activity improves our health and reduces our risk of numerous chronic conditions. As children, it supports our healthy development, and in adulthood, staying active may help to reduce physical and mental limitations.
Natural spaces in an urban setting influence the well-being of entire communities. Accessible green spaces improve social cohesion by providing sites for interaction, and help create a healthy, functioning ecosystem.
We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Active Living and Getting Outside using data from public health surveys, parks inventories, recreation use and land cover data.
Residents who meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
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Residents living within a 5 minute walk (400m) of a park or other green space
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The Park Board’s mission is to provide, preserve and advocate for parks and recreation to benefit all people, communities and the environment. Its Strategic Framework has four key directions:
Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.
Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.
Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.
Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.
Take a look at the types of recreational activities we offer in Vancouver, from swimming to pottery.
Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018
See what we've got planned to help meet our goals.