Pop-up plazas

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Temporary pop-up plazas are one of the steps the City is taking to help residents and businesses adapt to living and operating through a pandemic by repurposing road space to give people more room to resume community life and access local businesses.


In partnership with Business Improvement Associations, local businesses, and communities, we’re creating temporary pop-up plazas to help businesses reopen and give residents more public space to enjoy in their communities.

These plazas will give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other.

City staff will work with the partner businesses and organizations to make sure spaces are properly maintained, inclusive, and comfortable.


In partnership with Business Improvement Associations, local businesses, and communities, we’re creating temporary pop-up plazas to help businesses reopen and give residents more public space to enjoy in their communities.

These plazas will give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other.

City staff will work with the partner businesses and organizations to make sure spaces are properly maintained, inclusive, and comfortable.

  • 21st and Main pop-up plaza

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    23 September, 2020

    Earlier this month changes arrived at E 21 Ave and Main St with the installation of a new pop-up plaza. This pop-up plaza builds on the continuing success of the French Quarter Parklet (at 198 East 21 Ave), and local partnerships that have been established over time. Our existing and new community partners, including Coco et Olive and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, have collaborated with us to make this neighbourhood public space expansion possible.

    Earlier this month changes arrived at E 21 Ave and Main St with the installation of a new pop-up plaza. This pop-up plaza builds on the continuing success of the French Quarter Parklet (at 198 East 21 Ave), and local partnerships that have been established over time. Our existing and new community partners, including Coco et Olive and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, have collaborated with us to make this neighbourhood public space expansion possible.

  • Robson Street linear plaza

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    28 July, 2020

    This week changes are coming to Robson Street from Jervis Street to Burrard Street as we continue to support the reallocation of public space for physical distancing and other activities.

    In partnership with the Robson Street Business Association, we are re-purposing the curb lane in key locations to extend sidewalks and existing parklets to provide more space for people to walk, sit, or queue.

    The RSBA is working with Vancouver Mural Festival and local artists to enhance the sidewalk extensions by adding art to the concrete barriers which separate these spaces from vehicle traffic.

    This week changes are coming to Robson Street from Jervis Street to Burrard Street as we continue to support the reallocation of public space for physical distancing and other activities.

    In partnership with the Robson Street Business Association, we are re-purposing the curb lane in key locations to extend sidewalks and existing parklets to provide more space for people to walk, sit, or queue.

    The RSBA is working with Vancouver Mural Festival and local artists to enhance the sidewalk extensions by adding art to the concrete barriers which separate these spaces from vehicle traffic.

  • Additional plazas installed

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    10 July, 2020

    This week, the City installed additional temporary plazas in Yaletown and Mt. Pleasant.

    • Helmcken St (Hamilton St to Mainland St)
    • Main St (10th Ave to 11th Ave northbound)
    • Main St (11th Ave to 12th Ave northbound)

    The Yaletown pop-up plaza is for general use while the linear pop-up plazas along Main Street will support local restaurants to expand their patio space.

    This week, the City installed additional temporary plazas in Yaletown and Mt. Pleasant.

    • Helmcken St (Hamilton St to Mainland St)
    • Main St (10th Ave to 11th Ave northbound)
    • Main St (11th Ave to 12th Ave northbound)

    The Yaletown pop-up plaza is for general use while the linear pop-up plazas along Main Street will support local restaurants to expand their patio space.

  • Carrall St pop-up plaza installed

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    07 July, 2020

    On July 2, we installed a sixth pop-up plaza in Gastown. Working in partnership with the Gastown BIA, we have closed a portion of the 200-block of Carrall to motorists to provide space for public seating, patios, physical distancing, walking, cycling, and other activities.

    On July 2, we installed a sixth pop-up plaza in Gastown. Working in partnership with the Gastown BIA, we have closed a portion of the 200-block of Carrall to motorists to provide space for public seating, patios, physical distancing, walking, cycling, and other activities.

  • Four more pop-up plazas installed

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    25 June, 2020

    On June 23, we installed an additional four pop-up plazas located at:

    • W 18th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 17th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 14th Ave and Granville St
    • W 13th Ave and Granville St

    The additional four plazas are in partnership with local Business Improvement Associations, which are overseeing the stewardship of the space to ensure they are maintained and integrated into the neighbourhood.

    On June 23, we installed an additional four pop-up plazas located at:

    • W 18th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 17th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 14th Ave and Granville St
    • W 13th Ave and Granville St

    The additional four plazas are in partnership with local Business Improvement Associations, which are overseeing the stewardship of the space to ensure they are maintained and integrated into the neighbourhood.

  • 27th and Fraser pop-up plaza

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    25 June, 2020

    On June 12, we installed our first pop-up plaza at E 27th Ave and Fraser St. We’ll be installing more in the coming weeks. Ongoing monitoring, along with public feedback and guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, will help us improve these spaces over time. It will also help us determine whether any of these temporary plazas should remain in place after the recovery period.

    On June 12, we installed our first pop-up plaza at E 27th Ave and Fraser St. We’ll be installing more in the coming weeks. Ongoing monitoring, along with public feedback and guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, will help us improve these spaces over time. It will also help us determine whether any of these temporary plazas should remain in place after the recovery period.