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VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

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.

VIVA Vancouver programs and events

The colourful Porch Parade and seating is the 2015 installation of Robson Redux for VIVA Vancouver

Robson Redux

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.

Learn about past plaza installations

Granville Street during VIVA Vancouver

The Granville Social

Watch, play, mingle, and meet – all in the street!

The Granville Social transforms the Granville strip into a public space with of pockets of fun, places to rest and refresh, shared experiences, and memory makers. One weekend only, July 18 and 19, 2015. VIVA Vancouver thanks the Vancouver Public Space Network for providing volunteer support to The Granville Social.

VIVA Vancouver street mural


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.

Learn about parklets and apply to install one

VIVA Vancouver street mural

Other street activities

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.

Learn about more VIVA activities around the city

A boulevard garden of flowers beautifies the sidewalk and street

Help create or enhance public space in your community

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.

Learn how you can help create public space

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Last modified: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:29:56

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