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Rendering of Ontario and 5th Plaza

Ontario – 5th Plaza

Designing for Difference

VIVA Vancouver is working with Happy City to identify barriers facing those traditionally underrepresented at three public spaces in Vancouver.

At this location, the project aims to include more diverse perspectives and experiences in planning for the use and care of the future plaza.

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As part of the Ontario Greenway area improvements, a new public space is planned for at Ontario St and 5th Ave.

With a high number of people walking and cycling, the neighbourhood and its vibrant retail, has potential to support a lively plaza experience.

The interim plaza is planned to:

  • Create a space for people to sit and gather
  • Integrate with Ontario Greenway Upgrades at 5th Ave
  • Help reduce motor vehicle short-cutting during construction of the Broadway Subway
  • Help make the Ontario Greenway more comfortable for walking, cycling, and rolling

What's happening

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Tell us what you think about the current areas of improvement. Complete our online survey by March 25.

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Plaza timeline

  • Early 2019

    Initial conversations and early stakeholder engagement

  • Early 2020

    Pop-up engagement events and project planning

    In partnership with VIVA Vancouver and Happy City.

  • We are here
  • Spring 2020

    Engagement summary and final designs will be shared

  • Summer 2020

    Construction of interim plaza, greenway improvements, and public bike share relocation

  • 2021

    Continued public feedback and engagement to determine support and potential for a permanent plaza design