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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:

A growing neighbourhood

The new 0.8-acre 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 Street right-of-way
  • Children’s playground
  • New trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Over-head sky-frames that will support lighting and ephemeral installations


What’s happening?

The new park design was approved by Park Board Commissioners in May 2016.

Park Board staff have since been working with the project consultant, DIALOG, to evolve the detailed design for the park. 

A Development Permit application was submitted in May 2017 and a Building Permit application in February 2018.

In May 2018, Park Board received both permits and plan to issue the project to pre-qualified contractors in late July 2018. It is anticipated that construction will begin in late 2018 and last for 12-18 months.

In the meantime, the site will continue being leased to Easy Park and operated as a parking lot until construction begins.


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

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