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VIVA 3-year pilot study: Parklets and curbside patios

In 2017, VIVA Vancouver launched a 3-year pilot study to test new approaches to facilitate more public parklets and private patios throughout the city.

The study will test a number of things, including modular design elements and curbside patios that are away from the building. These measures will test innovative features to support a vibrant patio culture and make better use of public space.

The study will inform both the official Parklet Program and a patio review, launched this year.


  • City designed, built and supplied 50 platform decks to test in pilot locations
  • Five successful locations implemented and installed
  • 15 businesses identified for 2018/2019

Defining programs

Our official Parklet Program and Patio Program have a wide range of different types of patios or parklets that are permitted.

The 3-year pilot study will be exploring opportunities to further expand these programs for exciting new avenues. 


Parklet Program

Parklets, designed and built by local designers, transform on-street parking into innovative public seating areas.

Learn more about the program

Non-profit sponsored parklet

Business sponsored parklet

Patio Program

This program is for businesses to extend their seating outside of the building.

Learn more about the program

Small self-serve patio 

Self-serve with moveable tables and chairs

Large full-serve patio

Full-serve with enclosed railings

3-Year Pilot Study

We are testing new approaches to create more public parklets and private patios.


Public space, open seating area, self-serve, modular platform (subsidized), City of Vancouver or business provided furnishings

Curbside patio

Private space, enclosed seating area, table service, modular platform (fees applies), and business provided furnishings

Curbside patios and pilot parklets

By City of Vancouver


  • Parallel Park

    By City of Vancouver

    The original parklet in Vancouver celebrated 6 years in the neighbourhood through a refresh in the summer of 2017. The parklet is the first to be paired with a bike corral and modular decking and railings.

  • Bute-Robson Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    A car-free space for sitting, socializing, relaxing, and holding small events. The plaza launched as a trial plaza on Canada Day 2017 in partnership with the local BIA. On November 29, 2017, City Council unanimously approved that the space becomes a permanent plaza, and the current trial be extended until a permanent design is built.

  • Bao Down

    By City of Vancouver

    Patio space with furniture adorned by artist Taka Sudo.

  • Six Hundred Four

    By City of Vancouver

    Public seating in the form of giant shoeboxes located near the famous steam clock in Gastown, showcasing art by local artists.

  • Flying Pig

    By City of Vancouver

    To support a vibrant patio culture, this enclosed modular curbside patio is tested by Flying Pig Yaletown.