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.

Pop-up plazas give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other. Some of these spaces are designed to use overhead protection offered from bridges to create rain-friendly outdoor spaces.

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.

Pop-up plazas give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other. Some of these spaces are designed to use overhead protection offered from bridges to create rain-friendly outdoor spaces.

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

  • Rain-friendly plazas survey now open

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    26 Mar 2021

    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.

  • Four new rain-friendly pop-up plazas

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    15 Dec 2020

    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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    14 Dec 2020

    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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    04 Nov 2020

    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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    02 Nov 2020

    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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    09 Oct 2020

    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.

  • 21st and Main pop-up plaza

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    23 Sep 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.

  • Robson Street linear plaza

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    28 Jul 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.

  • Additional plazas installed

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    10 Jul 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.

  • Carrall St pop-up plaza installed

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    07 Jul 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.