Plazas and public space programs

Experience public life at our public spaces by:

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

We’re working to create better plazas and gathering spaces throughout the city.

They’re places for people to gather, rest, socialize, and celebrate; creating more places for community and neighbour interactions. We have civic plazas ideal for hosting large events or neighbourhood plazas for more local interactions with friends and family.

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.

800 Robson Plaza and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square

The plazas surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery have long been a space for people to socialize, and a place for civic and creative expression.

Helena Gutteridge Plaza

The plaza honours Helena Gutteridge and her achievements as the first woman elected to Vancouver City Council.

Jim Deva Plaza

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

Parklets

Parklets, designed and built by local designers, transform on-street parking into innovative public seating areas.

Pavement-to-Plazas

We’re working to create better plazas and gathering spaces throughout the city.

Laneways

Laneways are broadly under-utilized as public space and are being reimagined as "people-places".

Plaza stewardship

Public spaces have an important role in neighbourhood livability and community connections.

Organize a special event

Get details on how to apply to hold your event in a park, on a city street, sidewalk, or public plaza.

Public pianos

Do you have a question or comment about a piano in a public space?

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