Parklets: converting street parking spaces to mini plazas

Parklet

A parklet is typically an extended platform over a parking space, and can include benches, tables, chairs, landscaping, and bike parking.

They are designed and built by local designers, and offer interesting spaces for people to sit and relax.

Grab a bike or put on your walking shoes and visit Vancouver’s parklets.

 

Parklets in Vancouver

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Urban Pasture Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    Long curving benches, beautiful wood decking, and lots of landscaping. A great place to sit and people-watch the throngs of Robson Street shoppers.

  • Hot Tubs Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    Three circular seating areas surrounded by tall grasses, just like an old-fashioned, wooden hot tub. Hop in, have a splash, and connect with neighbours.

  • French Quarter Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    Angular benches and multi-level planters. An inviting gathering place near the independent boutiques of Main St.

  • Parallel Park

    By City of Vancouver

    The original parklet. High backrests, wood-cubed tables, and cedar seating make it a popular hang-out.

  • Commercial Drive Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    Steel and wood tables and benches. Have a break and experience the dynamic Drive.

  • Sunny Slopes Parklet

    By City of Vancouver

    This two-level parklet makes for twice the enjoyment on the sunny slope of 4th Avenue. Sit, relax, and enjoy the ample seating and mini garden.

Run a business or organization? Apply to install a parklet

VIVA Vancouver is piloting a program for interested businesses and organizations to sponsor and build their own parklets. Once the pilot is complete, the City hopes to launch a standalone parklet program with more robust guidelines and regular intake periods.

Parklets are sponsored by private partners but are free and open for any member of the public to use. Advertising, table service and other commercial activities are not permitted.

VIVA anticipates that five new parklets will be created over the coming year through the pilot. Each new parklet will be highlighted on the VIVA webpage as it's installed.

Benefits of a parklet

  • Dynamic public spaces – Parklets provide places for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city.
  • Wider sidewalks – Parklets can provide more space for people to walk where sidewalks are narrow or congested.
  • Vibrant local businesses – Parklets are unique public spaces that provide seating and attract potential customers.
  • Social life – Parklets foster a sense of community by creating welcoming public spaces.

How to apply for a parklet

While we aren't accepting applications currently, you can still review how to apply.

  1. Read the Program Guide to learn about the application process, fees, responsibilities, design guidelines, and technical requirements.
  2. Contact VIVA Vancouver to discuss your application prior to submitting it (parklets@vancouver.ca)
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Apply in person with your completed form and $200 review fee to:

    VIVA Vancouver
    5th floor
    507 West Broadway (at Cambie Street)
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4

Parklet Program history

Tested for several years, City Council approved the Parklet Program on June 1, 2016.

VIVA Vancouver is now looking for interested businesses and organizations who want to sponsor and build their own parklet.

Read the Monitoring Summary Report   (4 MB)