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Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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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)

Latest news

2006 World Junior Championships hockey game

Vancouver to co-host 2019 World Juniors

December 1 2016 - The world's most elite hockey players under age 20 will play the World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Festival of Lights

Vancouver Park Board delivers holiday magic and a carousel ride during Festival of Lights

December 1 2016 - The 32nd annual VanDusen Festival of Lights, Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event, runs nightly to January 2 (closed December 25).

Park Board selects internationally renowned landscape architect for new Northeast False Creek waterfront park

November 30 2016 - James Corner Field Operations will design the Creekside Park Extension to connect existing and emerging neighbourhoods with each other and the water.

Survivors Totem Pole

Survivors Totem Pole set to rise in Pigeon Park with Park Board support

November 3 2016 - View the pole raising ceremony on Saturday at 11:30am. The Park Board supports the installation of Survivors Totem Pole symbolizing community resilience.

VanDusen Glow

New VanDusen event "Glow in the Garden" set to entertain this Halloween

October 24 2016 - Glow in the Garden will entertain you this Halloween with up to 1,000 pumpkins displayed throughout the week.

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.

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.

Contact us

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

604-257-8158

pbmeetings@vancouver.ca

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