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Pavement-to-Plazas

Transforming streets into engaging public spaces for people

Public plazas have a vital role in public life - they enable:

  • Celebrations and community events 
  • Social and neighbourly interaction
  • Civic expression 

As vibrant spaces, public plazas can also support local businesses while encouraging sustainable modes of transportation like walking, cycling, and transit. 

The Transportation 2040 and West End community plans support expanding programs that encourage creative approaches to public street space.

Guided by the Transportation 2040 Plan

We've led a Pavement-to-Plaza program at several locations over the past few years with the support of community partners. The program aims to provide high-impact, low-cost public spaces through action while planning.

Inspired by New York and San Francisco, we convert road space into people places –usually in neighbourhoods with: 

  • High pedestrian traffic
  • Vibrant retail
  • Public bike share
  • A need for more public space

Jim Deva Plaza

An inclusive gathering space that honours Mr. Deva's legacy, and the contributions of the LGBTQ2+ community.

Bute-Robson Plaza

A new public space we're testing in partnership with the local BIA. Come and enjoy the new space.

Main St and E 14th Ave

A place to sit and hang out on the 14th Avenue bikeway, serving the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

Cambie St and W 18th Ave Plaza

A new plaza to sit and socialize in the heart of the Cambie Street Village.

Adanac-Vernon Plaza

A low-cost double triangle plaza at the Union-Vernon-Adanac intersection. It’s a place to sit, hang out, and watch the world roll by.

Pavement-to-Plazas in Vancouver

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Jim Deva Plaza

    By City of Vancouver

    An inclusive gathering space that honours Mr. Deva's legacy, and the contributions of the LGBTQ2+ community.

  • Bute-Robson Plaza

    By City of Vancouver

    A new public space we're testing in partnership with the local BIA. Come and enjoy the new space.

  • Main-14th Ave Plaza

    By City of Vancouver

    A place to sit and hang out on the 14th Avenue bikeway, serving the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

  • Cambie-18th Ave Plaza

    By City of Vancouver

    A new plaza to sit and socialize in the heart of the Cambie Street Village.

  • Adanac-Vernon Plaza

    By City of Vancouver

    A low-cost double triangle plaza at the Union-Vernon-Adanac intersection. It’s a place to sit, hang out, and watch the world roll by.