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Surprise and Delight: Five new public spaces to enjoy this summer

August 8 2017

Map of new public spaces around the city

While you are out enjoying the city this summer on a walk, roll, or bike ride, consider stopping by one of five photogenic new public spaces recently installed across the city.

Robson and Bute Pilot Plaza

Featuring modular seating and a public piano, this car-free space is a must-visit for people wanting to sit and socialize, relax, and hold small events.

Until October, we are working with the Robson Street Business Improvement Association to test different uses of the space, measure traffic impacts, hear feedback, and see how the community might adopt this as a potential permanent plaza. 

Located at Bute Street at Robson Street, Downtown.

Meet the Parklet

The newest addition to our suite of parklets, Meet the Parklet adds a touch of green to Main Street and East 27th Avenue with lush railing plantings.

Designed and built by locals, you can sit, relax and enjoy a local snack while taking a break on your Main Street stroll. 

Located at Main Street at East 27th Avenue, Main Street.

Vernon Plaza on the Adanac Bikeway

We recently created a ‘double triangle’ plaza at the Union-Vernon-Adanac intersection.

It’s a place to sit, hang out, and watch the world roll by. 

Located at the intersection of Union, Vernon, and Adanac, East Vancouver.

Arbutus Greenway

Explore the Arbutus Greenway and travel seamlessly along a 9-km corridor, connecting False Creek to the Fraser River.

Along the way you will experience vibrant gathering spaces mixed with quiet spaces of tranquility, bustling commercial districts, beautiful parks, and breathtaking views. 

Located at False Creek to the Fraser River, Kitsilano, Kerrisdale and Marpole.

Maple Tree Square

We are currently relocating the barriers at Maple Tree Square to create more space for walking in a very busy area, allowing for more public seating and patios.

Sit back and enjoy people watching in the heart of Gastown.

Located at Water Street and Carrall Street, Gastown.

Connect with your city and with each other

From sidewalks to alleyways, we have been creating innovative public places that provide space for people to connect with their city and with each other.

VIVA Vancouver continues to trial public space interventions like Parklets, strEATeries, and pavement-to-plaza activations, while Places for People Downtown is creating an overarching strategy for the City to foster exceptional, vibrant, and memorable public spaces throughout downtown.