Vancouver's Playbook: a plan for the future of our parks and recreation

The Vancouver Park Board is developing Vancouver’s Playbook, a new plan to guide how we create vibrant, parks and recreation over the next 25 years.

Discover what we have accomplished so far

Explore our past VanPlay events to find more information and reports on the future of parks and recreation.

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Vancouver is home to world-class parks and recreation, and our population is growing and changing.

It’s essential we look to the future to protect and improve parks and recreation across the city.  

VanPlay is a year-long conversation with you, our staff, partners, stakeholders, and experts to make this the best plan it can be.

Master plan

Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan will help us to determine service gaps, analyze growth trends, and identity opportunities for improvements. It is a visionary document that sets the values and goals for current and future parks and facilities.

On July 23, 2018, Park Board Commissioners unanimously approved Report 1: Inventory and Analysis and Report 2: 10 Goals to Shape the Next 25 Years.

Part one

Inventory and Analysis

This report provides an overview of the current state of our parks and recreation system. It aims to provide an introduction to our assets, programs, and operations.

This inventory and analysis provides the groundwork for the future goals, actions, and strategies outlined in the remainder of the master plan's components.

10 Goals to Shape the Next 25 Years 

This document sets out 10 unique goals intended to guide provision of more equitable, accessible, inclusive, and resilient parks and recreation over the next 25 years.

Read the report  (9 MB)

The goals were developed through Park Board Commissioner, public, partner, staff, and stakeholder input and research into best practices and precedents from around the world. 

We believe that this renewed focus will improve our parks and recreation and enrich the beauty and livability of Vancouver. 

The draft goals where verified in May and June 2018 through the Park Board commissioner, staff, and community consultation. 

Part two

The final two components of the master plan are due in early 2019.

Strategic Big Moves (report 3): outlining strategies to meet the goals over the next 25 years

Playbook (report 4): the implementation plan

Follow our progress

  1. May – Aug 2017 Discovery
  2. Sep 2017 – Jun 2018Direction and goals
  3. Aug 2018 – Jan 2019 Strategic Big Moves
  4. Jan – Apr 2018 Playbook


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