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2099 Beach Avenue 
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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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.

The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

Read the Park Board Strategic Framework (directions, goals, and objectives) PDF file (2 MB)

Park Board Commissioners

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

Park Board meetings and decisions

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

Contact the Park Board

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Latest news

Fraserview Golf Course

Vancouver Park Board to reopen city’s three public golf courses

January 20 2017 - The Vancouver Park Board is reopening Fraserview, Langara, and McCleery golf courses Monday, January 23 after being closed due to snow and ice.

Thin ice warning sign

Vancouver Park Board closes Trout Lake to skating today at noon

January 16 2017 - The Vancouver Park Board has closed Trout Lake to skating and other ice activities at noon today due to warming temperatures and anticipated rain.

West End Community Centre in Vancouver

Vancouver Park Board reopens West End community warming centre

January 13 2017 - A decision was made to reopen the facility after a request from Community Services and in consultation with the West End Community Centre Association. The warming centre will open at 10:00pm this evening.

Polar Bear Swim at English Bay Beach in Vancouver

Park Board invites you to take the plunge in the 97th annual Polar Bear Swim

December 21 2016 - Take a New Year's Day plunge in English Bay (costume optional) and compete in the Peter Pantages 100-yard swim, or sit back and delight in the spectacle!

Person on street

Community warming shelters open again tonight at 9:00pm

December 20 2016 - Three community centre warming shelters will reopen Tuesday night to welcome anyone needing to get out of the cold.

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.

Facilities and schedules

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

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities.

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