What is this initiative?

    Pop-up plazas and linear pop-up plazas are among the many initiatives the City is taking to help residents and businesses adapt to living and operating through a pandemic. Each plaza is created with safety and accessibility as a priority.

    What are pop-up plazas?

    Pop-up plazas are temporary neighbourhood public spaces on side streets. They support safe physical distancing, access to local businesses, eating, small-scale gathering, resting, walking and cycling, and other activities.

    What are linear pop-up plazas?

    Linear pop-up plazas are temporarily re-purposed street lanes along business frontages that act as extensions of the sidewalk to provide space for patios, seating, walking, and queuing.    

    What are the benefits of these plazas?

    Pop-up plazas transform streets to create public space for walking and cycling, seating, and other activities, so people can do the things they need and like to do, while also practising physical distancing.

    Why are we proposing this?

    We are committed to supporting Vancouver’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis through initiatives that focus on the recovery of our local communities, businesses and non-profits.

    When is this happening?

    On June 12, we installed our first pop-up plaza at E 27th Ave and Fraser St. We installed four additional plazas on June 22. We will be installing more in the coming weeks.

    Where are the plaza locations?

    Pop-up plazas:

    • E 27th Ave and Fraser St
    • W 13th Ave and Granville St
    • W 14th Ave and Granville St
    • W 17th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 18th Ave and Cambie St
    • 200-block Carrall St
    • Helmcken St (Hamilton St to Mainland St)
    • Bute St and Alberni St
    • Bute St and Davie St (north)
    • E 21st Ave and Main St

    Linear pop-up plazas:

    • Main St (10th Ave to 11th Ave northbound)
    • Main St (11th Ave to 12th Ave northbound)
    • Robson St (Jervis St to Burrard St)
    • 1200-block Davie St
    • 1500-block Commercial Dr

    Who will take care of these spaces?

    We continue to work with residents, partner businesses and other organizations to make sure that the spaces are maintained, inclusive and comfortable. Our pop-up plaza partners manage street furniture, cleanliness and activities at the plazas, and work with the City on ongoing maintenance and improvements to the spaces.

    How can I provide feedback?

    We want your feedback on pop-up plazas throughout the city. Ongoing monitoring, along with public feedback and guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, will help us improve these spaces over time. In addition, it will help us to determine whether any of these temporary plazas should remain in place after the recovery period.

    Take our survey to share your thoughts.