A busy street full of pedestrians walking near the steam clock in Gastown

Gastown Public Spaces Plan

Following direction from Council (161 KB), we are developing a Gastown Public Spaces Plan.

The Gastown Public Spaces Plan will serve as a guide to:

  • Establish a vibrant, people-focused Gastown with enhanced gathering places, streets, and laneways to support a range of activities
  • Pedestrianize Water Street seasonally or year-round, starting with a pilot in summer 2024
  • Improve the street network to support a pedestrianized Water St, including walking, cycling, transit, and vehicle connections and consideration of Cordova as a 2-way street
  • Advance Reconciliation with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and support their visibility on their lands
  • Evolve and deepen the unique heritage feel of the area, including improved street materials and amenities
  • Identify phased project timing and funding

What's happeningWater Street pedestrian zone July and August 2024

This July and August, Water Street will become a pedestrian zone. The Water Street Pedestrian Zone Pilot is a valuable opportunity to test what a pedestrian zone could look like and the type of programming that could take place. Learnings from the pilot and public engagement will inform future pedestrian zone pilots and the approach to pedestrianizing Water Street in the Gastown Public Space Plan.

Learn more about the Gastown Public Spaces plan at a pilot pop-up this summer. Check back for all summer and fall engagement opportunities.

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Did you know?

The red-brick paving, special lamp fixtures, and popular steam clock were introduced by local businesses in the 1970s as a way to beautify the area. 


  • Spring 2023

    Council motion: A people-focused Gastown

    City Council directed staff (212 KB) to develop a vision for Gastown's streets and public spaces

  • June to September 2023

    Prepared for community conversations

    Worked with Local Nations to establish a project relationship and met with local organizations and businesses on issues.

  • October to November 2023

    Gather community feedback on Gastown’s streets and public spaces

  • We are here
  • Summer 2024

    Water Street pedestrian zone pilot

  • Summer to fall 2024

    Assess how we can enhance and connect Gastown's streets and public spaces

    • Explore and assess a range of options for public spaces in the neighbourhood, including pedestrianizing Water Street seasonally or year-round, starting with a pilot in summer 2024.
    • Gather feedback on the Water Street pedestrian zone and share design ideas for Gastown's streets and public spaces.
  • Winter 2024 to summer 2025

    Draft and refine the plan for Gastown’s streets and public spaces

  • Summer 2025

    Potential Water Street pedestrian zone pilot (pending)

  • Fall 2025

    Finalize and share the Gastown Public Spaces Plan

    Present final plan to City Council for approval and share with public.

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