Stanley Park Seawall in autumn

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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2099 Beach Avenue 
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 board's vision and policy.

Meetings and decisions

Find dates, agendas, reports, and live video for upcoming Park Board meetings, and more.

Contact the Park Board

Give feedback about a park, community centre, pool, rink, or other Park Board facility.

2014-2018 Park Board tribute

At the inauguration of our new Park Board on November 5, 2018, a video tribute was presented to the 2014-2018 Board.

It reflects the tremendous accomplishments of Park Board staff and our elected Park Board in the last four years. Please watch! 

Latest news

Court rules Vancouver Park Board has authority to ban cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

February 19 2019 - On Feburary 19, 2019, the BC Court of Appeal rules that the Vancouver Park Board has the authority to ban cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium.

Park Board announces new fieldhouse residencies for 2019

January 24 2019 - Park Board announces new fieldhouse residencies for 2019: Creative hubs for the arts, local food and garden, social engagement and community sports

Take the plunge at the 99th annual Polar Bear Swim

December 21 2018 - The 99th annual Polar Bear Swim takes place January 1 at 2:30pm in English Bay.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches.

Facilities and schedules

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

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at our recreation facilities.