- Increase access to green space
- Enhance rainwater management
- Improve neighbourhood amenities
Construction was completed in Spring 2018.
More on 63rd & Yukon
We are developing an ambitious plan that reimagines the way we manage rainwater.
To learn more about how this process influenced 63rd and Yukon Plaza, read our fact sheet PDF file (1.9 MB)
About the plaza
The plaza features:
- Seating areas
- Bike racks
- A drinking water fountain
- A rain garden
- A bioswale
The rain garden and bioswale at this plaza collectively clean and manage 90 per cent of average annual rainfall runoff from surrounding roads, resulting in improved water quality and reduced combined sewer overflows.
These green rainwater infrastructure practices combine native and non-native plant species and provide enhanced habitat for pollinators in addition to their rainwater management functions.
What is green rainwater infrastructure?
Green rainwater infrastructure mimics natural processes.
It works with plants, soils, and structures such as green roofs and rain gardens, to collect, infiltrate, and clean our rainwater before returning it to our waterways and atmosphere.
By returning water to the natural water cycle we increase the lifespan of our sewers and help build our city’s resilience to flooding.
Here is our progress and planned milestones.
Council adopted the Marpole Community Plan
The plan identified the boulevard as a plaza and rainwater management opportunity
Council adopted the Citywide Integrated Rainwater Management Plan
The boulevard was highlighted as a quick start project for implementing rainwater management practices
Initial conceptual boulevard designs created
Designs finalized and construction plans confirmed
We are here
Over half of Vancouver is made up of hard surfaces that cannot collect, absorb, or clean our rainwater.
When rain falls on hard surfaces it collects oil, litter, sediment, and other pollutants as it runs off our streets and buildings. This runoff ends up on our beaches and in our rivers and can overwhelm our remaining combined sewer systems during heavy rainfall periods.
Our goal is to capture and treat 90% of Vancouver’s average annual rainfall by using green rainwater infrastructure practices on public and private property throughout the city.
Our objective is to remove pollutants from our water and reduce the volume of rainwater entering our sewer system.
Our goal is for Vancouver residents to enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the world's most spectacular urban forest. Learn more about our Greenest City goal: Access to Nature.
Learn about our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy that will ensure Vancouver remains liveable and resilient in the face of climate change.