People sitting and eating outdoors in Vancouver's Gastown

Water Street pedestrian zone pilot

We are working with the local Nations, Gastown Business Improvement Society, community organizations, event organizers, and businesses to create a welcoming experience on Water Street.

As directed by Council, we are turning Water Street into a pedestrian zone in July and August of summer 2024.  

During the pilot, sections of Water Street and Maple Tree Square will be closed to vehicles to allow for a vibrant pedestrian zone with:  

  • Public seating 
  • Community activations 
  • Expanded patios 
  • Merchandise displays 
  • Art installations 
  • Special events    

Local vehicle access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times. This includes deliveries and access for visitors and customers. 

Related projects

Gastown repairs and traffic changes

We’re repairing the streets and sidewalks in Gastown. These upgrades will result in traffic changes throughout the neighbourhood.

Funding for community placemaking projects

Community Placemaking Program offers up to $3,000 to help you design and implement placemaking projects to bring public spaces to life.

Gastown Public Spaces Plan

We’re working with the local Nations to create a plan for the future of public spaces in Gastown.

Apply for a Water Street open street permit

Get an open street permit during the Water Street pedestrian zone pilot to host small events and activities.


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  • Access, traffic, and parking impacts
  • Gastown's public spaces
  • Other general inquiries and feedback

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