Home > Your Government > Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

Stanley Park Seawall in autumn with the Vancouver Park Board logo in the foreground

Connecting people to green space, active living, and community

The Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city's itself.

It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more.

The elected nature of the Park Board and the strength and focus of its mandate have resulted in urban parks and recreation that today hold an enviable and esteemed position world-wide.

Latest news

Bright nights miniature trainin in Stanley Park

Grinch tries to steal Christmas, but the show will go on!

November 23 2015 - The Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park is forging ahead for the 18th year in a row, running November 26 to January 2.

Park Board renews tradition of community meetings

October 26 2015 - A special Vancouver Park Board community dialogue will be held Wednesday, October 28 at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue. The event begins at 6:30 pm.

Trees are so awesome that the Park Board is almost giving them away for free

October 1 2015 - Trees are so awesome that the Park Board is almost giving them away for free during Doors Open Vancouver Saturday, September 3.

Killarney Community Centre

Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre gets green light

September 23 2015 - The Killarney Community Centre Association has approved clarifications to ownership of the seniors centre. The Park Board will now issue a request for proposal to design and build the seniors centre.

Concession at Second Beach

Vancouver Park Board concessions and food carts a resounding success

September 17 2015 - Concession revenue this summer is up 10 per cent to budget over last year with healthy options such as fresh fruit cups being particularly popular.

Downtown deer

Vancouver Park Board statement on death of ‘downtown deer’

September 14 2015 - The Vancouver Park Board regrets the passing of a deer that moved into Stanley Park this summer. Around 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 13, police were called to the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge where a deer had been struck by a car and killed.

Park Board members

Park Board Commissioners

The Park Board ensures that Vancouver parks and recreation remains accessible and sustainable.

Park Board decisions

Park Board meetings and decisions

Find dates, agendas, reports, and live-streamed video for upcoming Park Board meetings, and minutes and on-demand video from past meetings.

World-class parks for all

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Enjoy Vancouver's great outdoors by exploring our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Community centres and facilities

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Follow the Vancouver Park Board

Facebook icon  Twitter icon

Contact the Park Board

Location and mailing address

General Manager,
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Administration Office
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

General inquiries


Meeting information

Phone: 604-257-8158


Park stewardship through strategic planning

Park Board Strategic Plan presentation from June 27, 2012 

The Park Board is updating its strategic plan that describes the long-term vision for the parks system. Learn more about the process and the plan.

Strategic Plan

The Park Board's mission

To provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

Last modified: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:06:28

Park Board CommissionersSalaries and expensesPark Board meetings and decisions