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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

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Vancouver Park Board wants nature in the city, not an urban jungle

February 2 2016 - Park Board has approved a comprehensive plan to increase the size and quality of Vancouver’s natural areas including forests, wetlands, streams, shorelines, and meadows.

Park Board approves 11 recommendations in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission

January 12 2016 - The Vancouver Park Board endorses 11 ambitious strategies to advance the historic work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Board programs and facilities.

Holiday lights at VanDusen Garden

Park Board’s Festival of Lights at VanDusen enjoys most successful year ever!

January 5 2016 - Almost 110,000 people attended the Festival of Lights. The lights are on for two more weekends. Get the details.

Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Park Board’s Polar Bear Swim back for 96th year on January 1st

December 28 2015 - Vancouver Park Board’s Polar Bear Swim back for 96th year on January 1st

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

Visit one of 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:
604-873-7000

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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

pbcomments@vancouver.ca  

Meeting information

Phone: 604-257-8158

pbmeetings@vancouver.ca

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: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:23:58

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