Musicians playing instruments on Water St outside of a restaurant in Gastown

Gastown public spaces

We are investing in Gastown to repair aging streets and sidewalks.

We are also taking steps to make Gastown’s unique streets, laneways, and public spaces more:

  • Vibrant
  • Clean
  • Safe
  • People-friendly

What's happeningMaple Tree Square repairs are now complete (June 2024)

Repairs to Maple Tree Square are now complete, on time, and in advance of this summer’s Water Street Pedestrian Zone Pilot.

We thank all of the Gastown businesses and residents for their patience while we completed this important work.


Water Street pedestrian zone pilot 

This July and August, Water Street will become a pedestrian zone with public seating, expanded patios, art, and other installations. 

Local vehicle access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times. We are working closely with residents and businesses to reduce impacts.

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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 help inform future pedestrian zone pilot planning and the overall approach to pedestrianizing Water Street in the Gastown Public Space Plan. 

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What we're doing

Gastown repairs and traffic changes

Repairs to Maple Tree Square are now complete, on time, and in advance of this summer’s Water Street Pedestrian Zone Pilot.

Water Street Pedestrian Zone pilot

We’re temporarily turning Water Street into a vibrant, people-friendly pedestrian zone.

Gastown Public Spaces Plan

We’re working with the local Nations to create a plan for the future of public spaces in Gastown.

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