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VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

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VIVA Vancouver is about creatively transforming streets into vibrant public spaces.

During the summer, the City closes roads to vehicle traffic in collaboration with local businesses, regional partners, and community groups, and converts them into public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching.

VIVA Vancouver enhances the city's sense of community, encourages active forms of transportation, and benefits local businesses.  

What is VIVA Vancouver?

Granville Street during VIVA Vancouver

Art, music, and markets on Granville Street

Lively pedestrian weekends will happen again during summer 2014 on Granville Street, between West Hastings Street and Smithe Street! Every weekend, starting late June through Labour Day, Granville hosts homegrown art, live music, performances, and street markets.

Relax on the shaded benches of Corduroy Road

Summertime plaza at 800-block Robson

Come relax in the heart of the city! Robson Street between Howe and Hornby Streets transforms into a fresh seating installation, open 24 hours a day.

2013’s Corduroy Road seating installation built on the success of previous years’ installations like Picnurbia (2011) and Pop Rocks (2012). It's a rare opportunity to lounge, rest, or socialize in the middle of a normally busy street downtown.

Viva Vancouver Urban Pasture seating area

Mini parks converted from parking spaces

VIVA Vancouver launched a Parklet Pilot Program for 2013. Parklets are innovative seating areas designed and built by local designers, that offer new spaces for people to sit and relax.

VIVA Vancouver street mural

Street murals

Building on the success of community on-street murals painted on roadways in the West End and Mount Pleasant in 2012, another was painted in Marpole in spring 2013. The design for the Marpole Street Mural was created by Emily Carr students, and meant to reflect the culture and heritage of the Marpole area. 

Other car free events in Vancouver

VIVA Vancouver provides opportunities for business improvement areas, artisans, and planning groups to collaborate with City to build communities.

We are not related to events organized by the Car Free Vancouver society. Visit the society's website for more information.

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We want your design ideas for 800-block Robson Street

VIVA installation - 800 Robson

Robson Redux: 800-block Robson St public space design competition

Enter your idea in the competition to tell us how you'd transform the iconic 800-block Robson St into a pedestrian plaza this summer.

Calling all corporate and non-profit groups

VIVA Vancouver - Blim Market

Apply for VIVA Granville 2014

Vancouver-based not-for-profit, community, and corporate groups are invited to apply to activate the Downtown Granville corridor this summer.

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Last modified: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:27:05

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