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 (BIAs), local businesses, non-profit organizations and communities, we created temporary pop-up plazas to support businesses’ recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and give residents more public space to enjoy in their communities.

Plazas give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather. .

Your input will tell us how these spaces are being used, if they are comfortable and welcoming, and if they are serving the community. Your response will be kept confidential.

In partnership with business improvement associations (BIAs), local businesses, non-profit organizations and communities, we created temporary pop-up plazas to support businesses’ recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and give residents more public space to enjoy in their communities.

Plazas give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather. .

Your input will tell us how these spaces are being used, if they are comfortable and welcoming, and if they are serving the community. Your response will be kept confidential.

  • WANTED: Community-led placemaking!

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    We've launched a new program to support community-led design enhancements or amenities in the 2020 Pop-Up Plazas and Rain-Friendly Plazas. You can request up to $500 of financial support for specified placemaking projects. Eligible plazas include:

    • W 13th Ave and Granville St
    • W 14th Ave and Granville St
    • W 17th Ave and Cambie St
    • W 18th Ave and Cambie St
    • E 21st Ave and Main St
    • E 27th Ave and Fraser St
    • Bute St and Davie St
    • 200-block Carrall St
    • Helmcken St and Mainland St
    • Cambie Bridge South (Neighbourhood Energy Utility)
    • Cambie Bridge North (Cooper's Park)

    You can find more information and submit an application at the link below by August 14, 2021.

    Apply now!

  • New Pop-up Plazas in 2021

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    We have installed six new pop-up plazas to serve neighbourhoods across the city. These plazas are located at:

    • E 56th Ave and Ontario St (Mount Pleasant, external link Ontario Greenway Upgrades)
    • Kamloops St and Hastings St (Hastings Sunrise)
    • W 67th Ave and Granville St (Marpole)
    • Grant St Piazza at Commercial Dr (Grandview Woodlands)
    • Sasamat St and 10th Ave (Point Grey)
    • Leg in Boot Square (False Creek South)
    • Maple St and 4th Ave (Kitsilano)

    Additionally, the pop-up plaza at W 17th Ave and Cambie St, which was removed for the winter months, has been reinstalled. This location will also serve as a test location for the drinking in public plazas pilot, where people can responsibly and respectfully enjoy alcoholic beverages.

  • Rain-friendly pop-up plazas update

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Our survey is now closed. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on the four rain-friendly pop-up plazas. Overall, this initiative is well supported, with 93% of survey respondents in favour of the rain-friendly plazas remaining as either year-round (82%) or temporary (11%) spaces. The primary concerns are noise and cleanliness, but many people appreciate that these plazas serve as spaces for play, rest, exercise, meeting friends and family, enjoying food and drinks, and enabling residents to be outdoors in rainy weather. Your feedback has helped to inform next steps for these spaces.

    • Cambie Bridge South at False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility – the Neighbourhood Energy Unit (NEU) will be undergoing major construction later this summer and we will make adjustments to the pop-up plaza in coordination with this project.

    • Cambie Bridge South (W 1st Ave) – the Vancouver Biennale is installing a major public art project titled Voxel Bridge underneath the south side of Cambie Bridge. Adjustments will be made to the seating at this location in coordination with the installation of the artwork.

    • Cambie Bridge North (Coopers Park) – the Park Board will be making improvements to Cooper’s Park and will be adding an outdoor fitness area at this location. The rain-friendly pop-up plaza will stay in place until construction on the upgrades begins in 2022.

    • Burrard Bridge North - Although 70% of survey respondents support the plaza becoming either a seasonal or year-round space, we will be removing the picnic tables at this location for the summer months. We will explore reinstating the plaza for fall/winter 2021-22


    Stay tuned for further updates on these spaces!

  • Rain-friendly plazas survey now open

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    We want your feedback on the new rain-friendly plazas! Your input will inform the future of the spaces and help to ensure they are properly maintained, inclusive, comfortable, and serving the community.

    We will be receiving feedback until May 7, 2021. Fill out the survey here.

  • 2020 engagement and monitoring summary now available

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Throughout the summer and fall of 2020, City staff collected public feedback and monitored the pop-up plazas. During this time, multiple surveys were conducted. We received 767 responses to our general pop-up plazas survey, with over 90% of survey participants either supporting or somewhat supporting the initiative.

    The 2020 Pop-up Plazas Engagement & Monitoring Summary is a report back of the public feedback we received, along with early observations of these spaces, and how this information will inform our next steps. View the summary here.

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

  • Four new rain-friendly pop-up plazas

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    With rain and colder weather upon us, there is a growing need for sheltered spaces to support outdoor activity through the winter. Using the overhead protection offered by bridges, the City of Vancouver is trialing new rain-friendly pop-up plazas at four locations:

    • Cambie Bridge South at False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (1890 Spyglass Place)
    • Cambie Bridge South at W 1st Ave (on the multi-use path)
    • Cambie Bridge North (north of Cooper’s Park)
    • Burrard Bridge North (south of the Seawall)


    The four new rain-friendly trial plazas will feature picnic tables and signage, and two of the four will have ping pong tables. City staff will continue to collaborate with nearby community organizations and local stakeholders to ensure the spaces remain well cared-for, inclusive and comfortable.

    Through the pop-up plazas survey, we heard that rain protection during the rainy season was amongst the most common requests for improvement to the plazas. Enhancing existing spaces under bridges is an efficient, low-cost way to trial weather protected plazas.

  • Nine pop-up plazas extended

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    We are extending 9 pop-up plazas that were implemented this summer. The pop-up plaza at W 17th Ave and Cambie St will be removed and re-installed in the spring as a seasonal space. Over 2021, we will be making upgrades and adding amenities to the pop-up plazas to make them more welcoming.

    Feedback from our public engagement on the pop-up plazas has indicated a very strong level of public support, with 87% of survey respondents answering that they would like the plazas to become permanent public spaces. We will be reporting back with a summary of what we heard in early 2021.

  • Bute St and Alberni St survey now open

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    As winter approaches, we’re seeking public feedback on what to do with the pop-up plaza at Bute St and Alberni St. We’d like your feedback on how the temporary pop-up plaza has worked for you and what we should consider after construction is completed in the summer.

    Share your thoughts by taking our survey here.

  • Pop-up plazas and Robson Street sidewalk widening and plaza pilot surveys now closed

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you for participating in our surveys and sharing your feedback on these spaces. We will be reporting back with what we heard in the coming months. If you would like to provide further feedback, please email us at pop-upplazas@vancouver.ca.

  • Robson Street sidewalk widening and plaza pilot - feedback survey open

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    The City of Vancouver has collaborated with the Robson Street Business Association to pilot expanding public space along Robson St (Burrard St to Jervis St) to support physical distancing and the reopening of local businesses and communities. We’ve widened sidewalks at key locations by re-purposing the curb lane to provide more space for walking, queuing and seating.

    We are receiving feedback until October 30, 2020. Fill out the survey here.