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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Connecting people to green space, active living, and community

The Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city's itself.

It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more.

The elected nature of the Park Board and the strength and focus of its mandate have resulted in urban parks and recreation that today hold an enviable and esteemed position world-wide.

The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

Read the Park Board Strategic Framework (directions, goals, and objectives) PDF file (2 MB)

Park Board commissioners

The 7 commissioners are elected at-large for a 4-year term to set the vision and policy that guides services and programs.

Park Board meetings and decisions

Find dates, agendas, reports, and live video for upcoming Park Board meetings, and minutes and video from past meetings.

Contact the Park Board

Tell us online if you have a problem, concern, question or comment about a park, facility, or an item managed by the Park Board.

Latest news

Wind Swimmer

Wind Swimmer sculpture returns to Kits Pool

August 17 2018 - The Wind Swimmer, a mobile sculpture, is back at Kitsilano Pool enjoying her multi-million dollar views!

People restoring the wall at Third Beach

First phase of Stanley Park seawall restoration work finishes

August 14 2018 - The first phase of the largest restoration work on the 101-year-old Stanley Park seawall will be completed the week of August 13, 2018.

Workers digging through a First Nations midden (archaeological site) to build road through Stanley Park in 1888

Park Board approves landmark colonial audit

July 24 2018 - The Park Board approved a report outlining its own colonial roots and the ways colonialism has been embedded in its structure and policies since 1888.

Produce at farmers market

Vancouver’s 5,000 neighbourhood food initiatives add to a growing local food system

July 19 2018 - The City has exceeded its local food target with the creation of more than 5,000 food projects, two years earlier than expected.

Corpse flower

“Uncle Fester” corpse flower now in full and fetid bloom at Bloedel Conservatory

July 16 2018 - A putrid spectacle is now underway at Bloedel Conservatory where the Park Board’s rare titan arum or corpse flower is now in full bloom.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities.

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