VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant pedestrian spaces.
In collaboration with community groups, local businesses, and regional partners, VIVA facilitates short-term street closures throughout the year, creating public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching.
These spaces enhance the city's sense of community, encourage active forms of transportation (walking and cycling), and benefit local businesses.
For the last few years, downtown Vancouver at 800-block Robson Street (between Howe and Hornby streets) has transformed into a pedestrian plaza featuring unique seating installations.
To better accommodate expected construction on 800 Robson Street this summer, VIVA won't be holding Robson Redux in 2016. Instead, we're bringing out tables, chairs, and umbrellas for people to enjoy.
VIVA Granville is taking a break from the street in 2016 to minimze impacts on Granville Street bus service. Due to construction on the Burrard Bridge this summer, we expect that more people will use Granville Bridge to get in and out of downtown.
We’re exploring ways to activate and enliven select sections of sidewalk on this iconic street. Check back for details of what’s to come!
If your community group is interested in holding an event downtown this summer you can apply for a special event permit. To find out more about booking downtown streets and public spaces, contact Film and Special Events at 604-257-8850 or email@example.com.
Parklets transform on-street parking into innovative public seating areas. They are designed and built by local designers, and offer interesting, new spaces for people to sit and relax.
VIVA works with the community to explore alternative options for street space. From multicoloured picnic tables in the Bute Street Plaza to a weekly farmers market in Yaletown, placemaking and street activations are happening all over town.
Creating or being a part of neighbourhood placemaking projects is a great way to connect with your community. Placemaking projects sometimes involve holding a small event, introducing a new element to the street, or enhancing the streetscape.