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Winter edition of public space study seeks volunteers

January 10 2018 Study will help Places for People Downtown program create comprehensive public space strategy

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Colder, wet weather doesn't mean everyone stays indoors until spring, so the winter edition of the City of Vancouver's Public Space and Public Life Study continues to look at how to make downtown public spaces more vibrant and inviting year round.

Help collect "people data"

Volunteers are needed to help collect "people data" to better understand how residents and visitors get around and spend time in downtown Vancouver.

The research will provide insight into what people like about public space, how they use it and why. Findings will inform the Downtown Public Space Strategy and help bring it from vision to action.

The winter phase of the study will span 40 different public spaces across the downtown, from plazas and streets to beaches and laneways.

Sign up to volunteer

Volunteers will work shifts on February 1 or February 3 and help conduct surveys at various locations in downtown Vancouver. Training sessions will take place on January 31.

Most shifts will be four hours and take place between 8am and 8pm. Some shifts involve a shorter time commitment. Volunteers are welcome to participate in more than one shift.

Sign up to volunteer by January 29

Volunteering for the study is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in city planning, design, or public spaces to learn more and take an active role in future changes to the downtown public realm.

Downtown Public Space Strategy

The Public Space and Public Life study is being conducted by Gehl, a global leader in people-centered urban design as part of the City's Places for People Downtown program. Places for People Downtown will help create a comprehensive Downtown Public Space Strategy in 2018 to ensure we have vibrant, exceptional and memorable public spaces in the downtown core. The strategy's study areas include:

  • The Central Business District
  • Coal Harbour
  • West End
  • Downtown South
  • Yaletown
  • False Creek North
  • Northeast False Creek

From plazas and parklets to laneway art and public squares, the City creates innovative public places that provide space for people to connect with their city and with each other. The VIVA Vancouver program continues to trial public space interventions across Vancouver such as parklets, strEATeries, and pavement-to-plaza activations, while Places for People Downtown is creating an overarching strategy for the City to foster outstanding public spaces throughout downtown Vancouver.