Parklets: converting street parking into public spaces

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 public spaces for people to sit and relax.

Put on your walking shoes or grab a bike and check out 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 an organization? Consider a parklet

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.

The process from application to installation generally takes 6 - 8 months. If you’re interested in having the parklet installed for the summer season, we encourage you to submit your completed application in early fall at the latest.

Parklet benefits

  • 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

  1. Read the manual 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 (
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Apply in person with your completed form and $204 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  (3 MB)

Read the Council Report