Blood Alley Square redesign

We are redesigning this public space in the heart of Gastown to:

  • Update the space for neighbourhood gatherings
  • Conserve its heritage characteristics and 1970s character look
  • Propose new ways for managing commercial dumpsters and waste
  • Create a stewardship plan that involves the local community

Contact the project team

Sté​phanie Gimine
Project Manager


Bonnie Ma


What's happening

Blood Alley Square Redesign open house

On May 15, 2019, an open house was held to present the proposed design concept for Blood Alley Square. We're developing an exciting and vibrant redesign to create an inclusive space that is open to people from all walks of life.

Thank you to everyone that attended or shared their thoughts on the detailed design presented during this past round of consultation from May 15 to June 16, 2019. Your feedback will be used to refine the proposed design where feasible, while taking into account technical and financial considerations.

Tree management update

In direct response to feedback received, the tree management plan for Blood Alley Square which initially retained 4 existing trees has been updated to retain the existing significant tree located at the northern edge of the square. Additionally, we have developed a tree succession plan that incorporates the planting of two large size specimen trees that will replace existing trees that are to be removed due to their poor health. This will ensure that the tree canopy is restored and enhanced.

What’s next?

Next steps will include commencement of unhealthy tree removals summer of 2019 in coordination with the adjacent development, design refinement based on feedback received at the May 15 open house, engagement with local stakeholders to develop community partnerships for stewardship of Blood Alley Square, and coordination of a final design open house in conjunction with the Gastown Complete Streets Project in early 2020.

The redesign includes a cost-estimate for construction that we will request funding from City Council to complete. Throughout the process we will be guided by the nine social impact objectives in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Plan. We will include a social-impact statement as part of the redesign's final report.

We hired Enns Gauthier, a highly-qualified team of consultants with considerable experience in the Downtown Eastside, to redesign Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley.

Redesigning the heart of Gastown

Blood Alley Square is adjacent to Trounce Alley, one of Vancouver's original roads. Its narrow cobblestone lanes, historic streetlights, and brick buildings bring a unique sense of character unlike anywhere else in the city. The square is cherished by residents and visitors, and hosts a number of community events organized by neighbourhood groups. It's a place defined by the many social, cultural, and economic tensions that have existed in the Downtown Eastside for generations.

Policy 6.2.2 in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Plan  (17 MB) identifies Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley as a priority for rehabilitation "to improve the public realm, increase safety, and introduce programming with support for community stewardship as a shared space, including opportunities for low-income residents".

Map of Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley in Gastown

Past updates

May 15, 2019: open house

An open house was held to present the proposed design concept for Blood Alley Square. We're developing an exciting and vibrant redesign to create an inclusive space that is open to people from all walks of life.

August and September 2016: open houses and questionnaire

Our August open houses reviewed the two draft redesign concepts for the square and alley, and waste management options.

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on draft concepts for the redesign through our questionnaire. We were pleased to meet and chat with over 230 local residents, businesses, and community groups, and received over 180 questionnaires. Your feedback will help refine the draft design concepts, and give the consultant team a better understanding of how solid waste management can be improved.

Please stay tuned for updates on future open houses in the new year.

June and July 2016

We hosted two kick-off events inviting you to help us redesign Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley on June 1 and 4. We heard from neighbourhood residents, businesses, and community groups on what matters to them, and launched an online questionnaire during June 2 to 18. Your feedback will help shape the redesign by giving the consultant team a better understanding about what matters to you.

Blood Alley Square revitalization

Watch a video on the history of Blood Alley Square and Gastown.