Chinatown Memorial Square is a valued public space in the cultural heart of Chinatown. It hosts important community events, draws visitors to Chinatown, and provides an accessible social space for residents, seniors, customers, and community members to honour and carry on cultural rituals and traditions.
This project originated as an important recommendation from the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People in Vancouver report to City Council in 2018. Since then, the Chinatown Transformation Team has been working with the community with the long-term goal of seeking UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Chinatown. Improving cultural heritage assets like the Chinatown Memorial Square to support Chinatown’s living culture is a key component of this work. It is proposed that the concept design be completed in 2023.
The redesign of the Memorial Square also connects to the directions in Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and Economic Revitalization Strategy (2012) and the North East False Creek Plan (2018).
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Community Advisory Group
A Memorial Square Redesign Community Advisory Group has been established to involve community members in the process.
Its purpose is to bring people from the Chinatown community together who have either been involved in or have working knowledge of Memorial Square from its creation in 1995 up to the present.
Members of the Advisory Group will advise the City’s project team with the shared objective of arriving at a preferred concept design that is supported by the Group and the broader community.
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