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Stanley Park to reopen seawall to cyclists and full vehicle access Sep 26

With children back in school, and with COVID protocols and behaviours in place, the data tells us we can return the park to its conventional traffic patterns.

Dave Hutch, Director of Planning and Park Development

September 18 2020 –

Stanley Park will reopen to full vehicle access and cyclists will return to the seawall on Saturday, September 26, after more than 5 months of modified access due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The park was closed to all vehicle traffic on April 8, other than first responders and essential business partners, in response to the need for greater physical distancing in busy areas such as the seawall, and amid public requests for greater access to essential recreational space for cycling and walking during the early phase of the pandemic.

Park Drive reopened to one lane of vehicle traffic on June 22, following the province’s easing of restrictions and after businesses in the park began reopening. The seawall remained closed to cyclists to allow pedestrians greater space during the busy summer months when pedestrian and cyclist traffic in the park reached an all-time high.

Park temporarily closed starting 8pm, Sep 25

Removal of the temporary Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will begin at 8 pm on Friday, September 25 and will continue through the night. The park will be temporarily closed during that time, to ensure the safety of staff as they work to remove equipment, traffic cones, and signage to restore the park to pre-COVID traffic access.

700 m of Park Drive to remain closed


Two lanes of vehicle traffic will be accessible the following morning, with the exception of 700 m of Park Drive between Beach Avenue and Lagoon Drive, where current traffic patterns will remain in place to facilitate the City’s Making Streets for People program dedicating part of Beach Avenue to cyclists.

Full vehicle access to Stanley Park will be available at the causeway entrances and all parking will be fully reopened with the exception of the parking near Ceperley Meadows.

Once full vehicle access resumes and cyclists return to the seawall, pedestrians and cyclists will be reminded to be cognizant of physical distancing to ensure all users have the space they need to recreate safely. The Park Board will continue to monitor and collect data within Stanley Park.​​​​​​​

Survey on park access open until Sep 20

The Park Board is currently conducting a comprehensive public engagement survey to understand how Vancouverites want to access the park in the future.

The survey, which is accessible to everyone, closes on Sunday, September 20 and has had more than 10,500 respondents to date.

Phased approach to reopening and recovery

The Park Board is taking a thoughtful and phased reopening and recovery approach in alignment with BC’s Restart Plan , and in consultation with various government and non-government agencies and partners.

Since May, the Park Board has reopened golf courses, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory, tennis and pickleball courts, pitch & putts, skate parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, playgrounds, spray parks, outdoor pools, day camps, childcare services, 24 community centres, four indoor pools, and some fitness centres.

The Park Board continues to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services and will make adjustments to its operations based on the latest information provided by VCH, the Provincial Health Officer, and industry partners.

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Dave Hutch, Director of Planning and Park Development

“The temporary traffic management plan in Stanley Park was always just that – temporary,” said Dave Hutch, Director of Planning and Park Development. “We knew the summer was a critical time for Vancouverites to access recreation, nature, and green space, and the shared use of Park Drive allowed more than 720,000 cyclists to access a safe route, as well as providing increased space for pedestrians on the seawall. Previous years’ data shows a consistent decline in visitation to Stanley Park as fall season approaches. With children back in school, and with COVID protocols and behaviours in place, the data tells us we can return the park to its conventional traffic patterns and we are grateful to everyone who has given us feedback on their experience in the park this summer.”

“A lot has changed since the early days of the pandemic,” said Hutch. “While we are seeing an uptick in cases throughout the province, we also know a lot more now about how people can use outdoor spaces with lower risk and we are confident the public has developed a new understanding and appreciation for keeping distances outdoors. We will continue to take direction from the Public Health Officer and Vancouver Coastal Health and will monitor usage and risk. We are grateful to our partners in the park who have faced challenges during the TMP.”