Plaza stewardship

Plazas are public spaces where residents and visitors can experience public life by:

  • Gathering
  • Socializing
  • Relaxing
  • Participating in cultural and community events
  • Exercising democratic and civic rights

As our city continues to grow, public spaces, such as plazas, have an increasingly important role in supporting neighbourhood livability and strengthening residents’ connections to their community. 

About plaza stewardship

Once a plaza is designed and built, there’s a need to plan for how this space will be cared for on an on-going basis.

Plaza stewardship strives to:

  • Strike a balance of quieter activities, like people watching, and more lively activity, such as community and cultural events
  • Clean and maintain the plaza so that it remains enjoyable and available for ongoing use
  • Manage and coordinate different user groups and interests to ensure the plaza is used and cared for under the community's guidance

What we are doing

Together with our partners, we're already involved in the stewardship of a number of locations across the city.

In response to increased demand for the use of existing public spaces, and for new plazas, we're working on processes to facilitate more community and partner-based plaza stewardship.

One of the central aspects of this work is to develop a plaza stewardship strategy to provide guidance for how to effectively plan for and support the stewardship of new and existing plaza spaces.

Timeline

Follow our progress.

  • Winter 2015

    Report to Council that identified the need for City-owned Plaza Stewardship Strategy

  • 2016 to present

    Jim Deva Plaza Stewardship Pilot

  • Winter 2017

    Update Council on Plaza Stewardship Strategy project

  • Spring 2018

    Workshop with public space stakeholders and interested groups

  • We are here
  • Spring 2019

    Plaza Stewardship Strategy to Council