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Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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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

Tell us online if you have a problem, concern, question or comment about a park, facility, or an item managed by the Park Board.

Latest news

Pacific Great Blue Herons return to Stanley Park colony for 18th year

March 15 2018 - Pacific Great Blue herons are now nesting in the colony located at the Park Board offices on Beach Avenue in Stanley Park.

Park Board responds to City motion to convert Langara Golf Course into park

March 15 2018 - City of Vancouver Council passed a motion which proposes that City staff approach the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to explore options to convert some of Langara Golf Course into alternative park use.

Vancouver Park Board office in the fall

Park Board appeals BC Supreme Court decision on bylaw amendment regarding cetaceans in parks

March 2 2018 - The Park Board has filed an appeal to a BC Supreme Court ruling on a bylaw amendment regarding cetaceans in parks.

Backyard Bird Garden at VanDusen Garden

New bird garden unveiled at VanDusen Botanical Garden

March 1 2018 - A new destination for birds and birders, the Backyard Bird Garden, has opened at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Spanish Banks parking lot

Park Board adjusts seasonal pay parking at Spanish Banks

February 19 2018 - The Park Board is modifying plans to introduce peak season pay parking at Spanish Banks beaches in consideration of the extensive amount of public feedback.

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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