Bute Greenway

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Bute Greenway - A shore-to-shore connection

Help us build a shore-to-shore connection

We are exploring ideas to improve and prioritize Bute Street for:

  • Walking, biking, and rolling for people of all ages and abilities
  • Providing a variety of public spaces to play, rest, relax, socialize, enjoy food or drink, or host community events

As part of this project, we will also advance a potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza.

Phase 1 Public Engagement: Project Goals and Big Ideas

In late 2021, we conducted the first phase of engagement to introduce the Bute Greenway Project. We asked people about the draft project goals, how Bute St is used today, and about their hopes and ideas for a future greenway on Bute St. We also presented a conceptual design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza. Since Phase 1 public engagement concluded in December 2021, we have reviewed the survey responses and Big Ideas as well as feedback received via email. We heard positive feedback on the future of that plaza space and the potential expansion of public space improvements at the Robson St intersection.

What are we doing with the feedback?

We have reviewed the Phase 1 feedback and are preparing different design approaches for how a future greenway on Bute St might take shape. We're also exploring options for public space improvements on the Bute Greenway at Robson St.

What's happening next?

Phase 2 will allow us to test different ideas and determine design priorities ahead of presenting a preferred design option for the greenway in Phase 3.

With that in mind, throughout summer 2022, we are hosting discussions with partners, working towards a potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza and exploring options for public space improvements on Bute St near Robson St.

Once this design phase has concluded, we expect to launch Phase 2 public engagement in late 2022.

In the second phase we will:

  • Share refined project goals
  • Review design options for delivering the greenway, showing how we can achieve the goals and the trade-offs associated with different approaches.
  • Present the Bute Greenway in different 'segments' from shore-to-shore
  • Show a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza design, taking it from conceptual to proposed design.

Get involved

We want to shape the future of Bute Street with you. You can:

  • Complete the Phase 2 online survey when it launches, or attend an engagement event
  • Learn more about the project by consulting the information guide (External Link).
  • Keep checking this page for project updates and opportunities to chat with the Bute Greenway Team.

Help us build a shore-to-shore connection

We are exploring ideas to improve and prioritize Bute Street for:

  • Walking, biking, and rolling for people of all ages and abilities
  • Providing a variety of public spaces to play, rest, relax, socialize, enjoy food or drink, or host community events

As part of this project, we will also advance a potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza.

Phase 1 Public Engagement: Project Goals and Big Ideas

In late 2021, we conducted the first phase of engagement to introduce the Bute Greenway Project. We asked people about the draft project goals, how Bute St is used today, and about their hopes and ideas for a future greenway on Bute St. We also presented a conceptual design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza. Since Phase 1 public engagement concluded in December 2021, we have reviewed the survey responses and Big Ideas as well as feedback received via email. We heard positive feedback on the future of that plaza space and the potential expansion of public space improvements at the Robson St intersection.

What are we doing with the feedback?

We have reviewed the Phase 1 feedback and are preparing different design approaches for how a future greenway on Bute St might take shape. We're also exploring options for public space improvements on the Bute Greenway at Robson St.

What's happening next?

Phase 2 will allow us to test different ideas and determine design priorities ahead of presenting a preferred design option for the greenway in Phase 3.

With that in mind, throughout summer 2022, we are hosting discussions with partners, working towards a potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza and exploring options for public space improvements on Bute St near Robson St.

Once this design phase has concluded, we expect to launch Phase 2 public engagement in late 2022.

In the second phase we will:

  • Share refined project goals
  • Review design options for delivering the greenway, showing how we can achieve the goals and the trade-offs associated with different approaches.
  • Present the Bute Greenway in different 'segments' from shore-to-shore
  • Show a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza design, taking it from conceptual to proposed design.

Get involved

We want to shape the future of Bute Street with you. You can:

  • Complete the Phase 2 online survey when it launches, or attend an engagement event
  • Learn more about the project by consulting the information guide (External Link).
  • Keep checking this page for project updates and opportunities to chat with the Bute Greenway Team.
  • Phase 1 Engagement - What we Heard

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    Since Phase 1 engagement concluded in December 2021, we have reviewed the survey responses and Big Ideas as well as feedback received via email.

    You can now view our detailed Phase 1 Engagement Summary (External Link) or look at our Engagement Highlights (External Link) for an overview of what we heard.

    In 2022, we have been using community feedback to create different design approaches for how a future greenway on Bute St might take shape, and hosting discussions with partners. We are also working on a potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza, and exploring options for public space improvements on the Bute Greenway at Robson St.

    We are aiming to launch a second phase of public engagement in late 2022. Phase 2 will:

    • Share refined project goals.
    • Review design options for delivering the greenway, showing how we can achieve these goals and the trade-offs associated with different approaches.
    • Present the Bute Greenway in different ‘segments’ from shore-to-shore.
    • Show a permanent Bute-Robson Plaza design, taking it from conceptual to proposed design.

    We expect updated information and an online survey to accompany our Phase 2 launch in late 2022.

    Phase 2 gives us a great opportunity to test different ideas and determine design priorities ahead of presenting a ‘preferred design option’ for a future greenway on Bute St in Phase 3. We look forward to hearing from you then.


  • A permanent design for Bute-Robson Plaza

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    The City of Vancouver is developing a new permanent plaza design at Bute-Robson, to build on the success of trial and interim phases of the plaza, and help address the need for “social” public spaces in the Downtown area. Based on the previous feedback, we have developed a draft conceptual design for the future permanent plaza. Your input will help us develop a detailed design. There will be opportunities to provide feedback on the recommended design next year.

    Background

    In summer 2017, the City of Vancouver implemented a trial pavement-to-plaza on Bute Street south of Robson Street, in partnership with the Robson Street Business Association by re-purposing road space. The addition of street furniture such as seating with umbrellas, a piano, playful elements and planters, invited people to stop and stay, which resulted in strong support for the plaza.

    In November 2017, with strong community support, Council voted unanimously to approve a permanent plaza and extend the current trial as an interim plaza until a final plaza is designed and constructed.

    Public engagements for trial and interim phases of Bute-Robson Plaza include:

    • Series of workshops with youth, seniors and key stakeholders to identify opportunities for public space and walking, cycling and rolling improvements along Bute Street.
    • Pop-up engagement through Places for People Downtown Strategy to learn what’s working what can be improved at Bute-Robson Plaza and big ideas for Bute Greenway.
    • Staff used this input to create draft project goals for Bute Greenway and develop a draft concept for a permanent design of Bute-Robson Plaza.

    Over the years, in partnership with the local Business Improvement Association, the City has tested different layouts, measured traffic impacts, observed behavior in the space, and asked for input from community members.

    This project is supported by the Transportation 2040 Plan, West End Community Plan, 2019-2022 Capital Plan, and Places for People Downtown Strategy, all of which encourage the creation of public plazas and gathering spaces across Vancouver.

  • Policy Alignments

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    The Bute Greenway project complements new housing options, community facility and public realm projects and aligns with Parks Board initiatives such as Imagine West End Waterfront, all the while helping meet our Climate Emergency Action Plan targets.

    In addition, Bute Street has been identified as a key walking, rolling and cycling route with additional pedestrian priority measures and public realm improvements in the:

    • 2013 West End Community Plan and Public Benefits Strategy
    • 2020 Places For People: Downtown Public Space Strategy
    • 2018- 2022 Five-Year Cycling Network
    • 2018- 2022 Capital Plan


    Find these plans and policy documents under "Important Links" tab.

  • Paper copies of the survey

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    If you are unable to provide feedback online, please email us your feedback at butegreenway@vancouver.ca.

    How to submit the paper copy?

    • Drop-off the paper survey at one of the community locations mentioned above.
    • You can scan and email us at butegreenway@vancouver.ca.
    • Mail us the paper copy at the address mentioned on the last page of the paper survey.
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