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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-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 VancouverVIVA Robson and the Robson Redux design-build competition

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.

Learn about past plaza installations

Granville Street during VIVA VancouverVIVA Granville and the Granville Social

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!

Want to hold an event?

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 specialevents@vancouver.ca.

Apply for a special event permit

VIVA Vancouver street muralParklets

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 muralOther 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 streetHelp 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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VIVA RobsonCitywide activitiesHow you can help create public space