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VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

VIVA Vancouver logoVIVA 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- and long-term street closures throughout the year, creating public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching.

These spaces enhance the city's sense of community, encourage walking and cycling, and benefit local businesses.

800 Robson

This summer, we are beginning the process to permanently close 800 Robson Street to vehicles in order to create a permanent pedestrian plaza. Here's what you can expect to see on the street:

  • June 24: road closes in preparation for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, taking place June 25-26
  • June 27 to early September: Province performs extensive maintenance work on the Art Gallery steps
  • Mid-July: Tables, chairs, and umbrellas will be available for everyday public use

Our staff want your input to help shape the long-term programming and final design of the plaza.

Check back soon about opportunities to participate in consultation for the permanent plaza.

Jim Deva Plaza

With strong community support for a permanent, safe, comfortable and inclusive gathering space in the Davie Village, City Council approved the creation of a permanent pedestrian plaza named Jim Deva Plaza in recognition of Mr. Deva’s life and legacy, and the history and contributions of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community. 

The plaza is located on Bute Street, south of Davie Street, and is expected to be ready in time for Pride 2016.

You are invited to the Jim Deva Plaza opening celebration on July 28. Get the details

Learn more about Jim Deva Plaza


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 Granville

VIVA Granville is taking a break from the street in 2016 to minimize 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. 

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