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New park at Smithe and Richards

The Vancouver Park Board is developing a new 0.8-acre park in the downtown core at the intersection of Smithe and Richards streets.

The new park will:

What’s happening?

Project update

We're excited to announce that on December 11, 2019, the Park Board and City Council respectively approved the contract award for the construction of the new park at Smithe and Richards.

Construction of the new park began in January of 2020 and is expected to take approximately one year to build. Check back in regularly to see progress updates as the new park begins to take shape.

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The Park Board remains committed to delivering this exciting new downtown park.

The new park design was approved by Park Board Commissioners in May 2016. Since then, staff have evolved the detailed design and in May 2018 received development and building permits.

The board received pricing from pre-qualified contractors in September 2018. However, the bids exceeded the project budget.

In early 2019, staff selected a construction manager from one of the pre-qualified contractors who worked with a design consultant to revise the design and deliver the project within the Park Board’s construction budget.

The previous Easy Park parking lot is no longer in operation as construction has begun.

A growing neighbourhood

The park will serve over 10,000 residents and 17,000 employees within a five-minute walk to the park site and include a:

  • Small café space and public washrooms
  • Community plaza with a decorative water feature and seating throughout
  • Pedestrian bridge and promontory extending into the Smithe St right-of-way
  • Children’s playground
  • New trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Over-head sky-frames that will support lighting and ephemeral installations


Find out where the park will go, and how we'll plan and engage with you. Access project documents and related policies.

Past updates

Find out what's happened so far on this project to develop a new park downtown.

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