South Granville is the latest neighbourhood to receive a pair of outdoor pop-up plazas.
The initiative is a joint effort between the South Granville BIA and the City of Vancouver, which aims to create “recovery spaces” for communities and businesses. A number of similar plazas have been installed across the city, such as on Granville Street, Cambie Street, and in Yaletown.
Residents are invited to use the spaces to enjoy takeout from nearby eateries and enjoy outdoor summer weather while still practicing physical distancing.
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The plazas are located on South Granville at 13th and 14th Avenue, with the theme “Hang Out to Help Out.” According to the South Granville BIA, the plazas will officially open on July 20 and will remain open until the end of the summer.
The BIA adds that the plazas are accessible to both pedestrians and cyclists, as temporary traffic barricades have been installed to the laneway to limit vehicle traffic.
Nearby businesses have volunteered to take care of maintenance and upkeep of the plazas since neither the city nor the BIA has the capacity or budget to do so.
Adjustments are also being made to improve the experience of the plazas by adding virtual menus so that visitors can scan menus and order food by smartphone.