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VIVA Vancouver celebrates the installation of Corduroy Road

June 25 2013

"The VIVA Vancouver program presents even more innovative, fun, and creative opportunities to enjoy public space in the heart of our dynamic downtown.” - Mayor Robertson

VIVA Vancouver - Robson St

Unique seating installation ready for reclining on Robson by June 29

VIVA Vancouver continues to animate the streets  downtown with an installation of a unique public seating area at 800 Robson.

With a bright, deck-like appearance, Corduroy Road will bring a section of the roadway up to curb level and include seating for people to pause, relax, and take in the city. The installation’s name, Corduroy Road, refers to rough cut plank and log roads once used as temporary passages in the Pacific Northwest.  

Corduroy Road is a collaboration between designers Hapa Landscape Architecture Collaborative and Fricia Construction, which will build the structure by June 29. 

VIVA Vancouver is animating downtown streets for the fourth year

Now in its fourth year, VIVA Vancouver kicked off last weekend with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The 800-block of Robson Street between the Provincial Law Courts and the Vancouver Art Gallery is now closed to road traffic to become a pedestrian plaza until Labour Day. Granville Street, between Smithe and Hastings Streets, will also be closed on weekends June 29 to September 2 and transformed into VIVA Granville, a pedestrian public space with events and attractions.

Bus routes along Granville and Robson streets will be rerouted to nearby streets for the duration of both closures.

“Vancouver is known worldwide for its lively summer celebrations, with many of Canada’s best-attended street festivals showcasing our city’s vibrant and diverse character,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The VIVA Vancouver program presents even more innovative, fun and creative opportunities to enjoy public space in the heart of our dynamic downtown.”

Opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy themselves all summer long

The free VIVA Vancouver program provides people of all ages with opportunities to enjoy themselves all summer long with pop-up plazas, decks and pedestrian streets featuring local arts and culture.

This year’s Corduroy Road seating installation builds on the success of previous installations Picnurbia (2011), an urban picnic experience comprised of 24-metre wide orange waves and Pop Rocks (2012), which consisted of a dozen massive soft bean-bag chairs. These temporary plazas provide a rare opportunity to lounge, rest, or socialize in the middle of a normally high-traffic road in the heart of downtown.

VIVA Vancouver and its partners, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and TransLink, are working with several other local community and business organizations to deliver a creative, entertaining summer program.

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