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DTES Street Market opens at 501 Powell Street

July 29 2015

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park and Carroll Street in 2013

On August 1, the DTES Street Market will officially begin operations at its new home at 501 Powell Street.

City Council approved the market's lease agreement on June 23, 2015.

Beginning with a market day every Saturday, and eventually building up to three days per week, the DTES Street Market will bring together close to 200 licensed vendors each week selling a diverse mix of items as well as local arts and crafts.

The DTES Street Market will end its Sunday market at Pigeon Park in early fall once it completes its move to 501 Powell Street.

The site at 501 Powell Street will eventually be the home of the City's Community Economic Development (CED) Hub, complete with an urban garden and a marker space later this fall.

New home for the growing market is a DTES Plan priority

One of the actions identified in the DTES Plan which was approved by Council in March 2013 was to find a more permanent place for the DTES Street Market which has outgrown its current home at Pigeon Park.

Not only does 501 Powell Street offer a more permanent location for the DTES Street Market, but it also provides more security. The new space is enclosed, which will help the market ensure that stolen goods aren't sold there.

The new location will enable the DTES Street Market to triple the number of legal vending opportunities in the DTES to nearly 700 vending positions per week.

The market will be part of the Community Economic Development (CED) Hub

The proposed CED Hub at 501 Powell Street includes the relocation of the market as an initial phase and offers an innovative approach to community economic development.

The hub will provide opportunities for low-income residents to:

  • Earn income
  • Participate in meaningful activity
  • Build skills
  • Bring the neighbourhood together into a shared space

The hub also achieves several City Council priorities including safe and inclusive neighbourhoods and a strong and vibrant economy.

Learn more about the CED Hub

It is aligned to Council policies including:

Vancouver's original grassroots market

The DTES Street Market Society External website is in its fifth year of being a peer-driven operation and has held over 250 successive Sunday markets at Pigeon Park.

The society provides:

  • Safe and legitimate vending opportunities to hundreds of vendors in the DTES that enable vendors to earn much-needed extra income for themselves
  • Low-barrier, work opportunities and training for more than 25 volunteers per week

The DTES Street Market was initiated in 2010 in response significant unlawful vending and the efforts of the VPD to manage this through ticketing.

The City and Park Board worked together with the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council (DNC), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and other organizations and provided a licence, event permit, and grant funding for the market to operate at Pigeon Park and Carroll Street each Sunday of the week on a temporary basis.