625 Burrard St - Burrard Station/Art Phillips Park (DP-2020-00860) development application

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The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board have received a proposal from TransLink to upgrade Burrard Skytrain Station, which includes changes to the station entry and a portion of Art Phillips Park along Burrard Street. The new design is intended to support downtown open space needs, create connection to passive open space on the west side of the station, and enhance accessibility while addressing the needs of transit users.


As part of the station upgrade, the existing station entry on Burrard Street will be relocated and expanded to increase capacity. The street level stairs and escalators will be moved closer to Dunsmuir Street, while the public open space will be moved closer to Melville Street. The station expansion will require the removal of some trees, which will be replaced elsewhere on-site, to be determined through the review process.


While TransLink is collaborating with City and Park Board staff to further develop details on the project, the public space upgrades will include:


  • Improving site accessibility by replacing steps with accessible ramps and sloped walkways
  • Increasing seating to support park and Transit users
  • Creating open space to support onsite programming
  • Enhancing the cherry tree walkway along the south edge of the park

Under the subject site existing DD zone the proposal is “conditional”, which means it could be permitted. However, it must be reviewed by the Director of Planning and Park Board for consideration and approval.


In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we held an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period in place of an in-person open house for this project.


The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board have received a proposal from TransLink to upgrade Burrard Skytrain Station, which includes changes to the station entry and a portion of Art Phillips Park along Burrard Street. The new design is intended to support downtown open space needs, create connection to passive open space on the west side of the station, and enhance accessibility while addressing the needs of transit users.


As part of the station upgrade, the existing station entry on Burrard Street will be relocated and expanded to increase capacity. The street level stairs and escalators will be moved closer to Dunsmuir Street, while the public open space will be moved closer to Melville Street. The station expansion will require the removal of some trees, which will be replaced elsewhere on-site, to be determined through the review process.


While TransLink is collaborating with City and Park Board staff to further develop details on the project, the public space upgrades will include:


  • Improving site accessibility by replacing steps with accessible ramps and sloped walkways
  • Increasing seating to support park and Transit users
  • Creating open space to support onsite programming
  • Enhancing the cherry tree walkway along the south edge of the park

Under the subject site existing DD zone the proposal is “conditional”, which means it could be permitted. However, it must be reviewed by the Director of Planning and Park Board for consideration and approval.


In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we held an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period in place of an in-person open house for this project.


The virtual open house has concluded. Please use the “Send your comments” tab or contact the Project Facilitator directly for any further feedback. Thank you for participating.

Q&A is available from April 23 to May 13, 2021

Q & A replaces in-person open houses, which are on hold due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

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    Will there be plans to do something about the dirty pigeons roosting in the station?

    3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The response below is provided by the applicant team.

    Pigeons can be pests at SkyTrain stations. They are part of the local wildlife we interact with every day. To help discourage the pigeons from nesting in the station, TransLink will reduce the areas for perching below the glass canopy by installing thinner glass guards. Also, once the structural elements are in place, TransLink will identify problem areas with respect to pigeons and will consider installing electrified wire (a deterrent, but not harmful to the pigeons) and low visibility netting. Similar measures have helped make a difference at other SkyTrain stations. Additionally, we will work with surrounding property owners on mitigation in their areas as well.

    -TranksLink