Bute Greenway

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Bute Greenway - A shore-to-shore connection

Share your input and help us build a shore-to-shore connection

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

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

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

Bute Street is an important 1.5-kilometre north-south route through the downtown peninsula. It connects Burrard Inlet to False Creek through various neighbourhoods like the West End, the Central Business District, and Coal Harbour and links popular destinations like Sunset Beach Park and Harbour Green Park. It also supports diverse land uses with places to play, shop, and work along with civic facilities and a variety of housing types.

What's happening?

  • We are looking for your input on the draft project goals, how you use the street today, your hopes and ideas for the future Bute Greenway.
  • We also want to hear from you on a concept design for a new permanent Bute-Robson Plaza.

Your input will help us:

  • Refine project goals and develop conceptual designs and potential phasing for Bute Greenway
  • Refine concept design for Bute-Robson plaza and any related improvements

Get involved

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

  • Read the information guide and learn about the project.
  • Take our survey and share your feedback. The survey will remain open until December 13, 2021 (Monday).
  • Share your ideas on ideas page.
  • Join the mailing list to receive updates directly in your inbox.

Share your input and help us build a shore-to-shore connection

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

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

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

Bute Street is an important 1.5-kilometre north-south route through the downtown peninsula. It connects Burrard Inlet to False Creek through various neighbourhoods like the West End, the Central Business District, and Coal Harbour and links popular destinations like Sunset Beach Park and Harbour Green Park. It also supports diverse land uses with places to play, shop, and work along with civic facilities and a variety of housing types.

What's happening?

  • We are looking for your input on the draft project goals, how you use the street today, your hopes and ideas for the future Bute Greenway.
  • We also want to hear from you on a concept design for a new permanent Bute-Robson Plaza.

Your input will help us:

  • Refine project goals and develop conceptual designs and potential phasing for Bute Greenway
  • Refine concept design for Bute-Robson plaza and any related improvements

Get involved

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

  • Read the information guide and learn about the project.
  • Take our survey and share your feedback. The survey will remain open until December 13, 2021 (Monday).
  • Share your ideas on ideas page.
  • Join the mailing list to receive updates directly in your inbox.
  • 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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    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.
Page last updated: 02 December 2021, 11:20