The City of Vancouver’s is once again bringing its VIVA Vancouver program as residents and pedestrians reclaim the public space with myriad of projects scattered across the city. The program was a success and this year has expanded. It’s great to see it go far down south as Fraser and 44th in the often neglected South Hill neighbourhood.
The following is from the City of Vancouver:
Pedestrian Weekends on Granville St.
- Where: On Granville St. between Hastings and Smithe Streets in DowntownWhat: Downtown Granville St. will be transformed into a pedestrian street every weekend this summer. The street will play host to community events and other unique activations for people to participate in. Pedestrians will be able to sit and relax and take in the atmosphere on Granville and enjoy what the street fun has to offer.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, starting June 23 and 24 until Labour Day longweekend.
Partner: Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
- Where: South Hill – E. 44th Ave. just west of Fraser St.What: Occupying up to 2 parking spots on E. 44th Ave just west of Fraser St., the custom designed modular deck will provide free ‘no-purchase-necessary’ seating for pedestrians strolling by. The Cities of San Franciscoand New York have both been testing this ‘pop-up-cafe or free public seating model over the last couple of years with great success!
When: Installation date to be confirmed
Partner: South Hill BIA
- Where: Mount Pleasant
Laneway between E 8th Ave. and E.Broadway, west of MainWhat: Local art market, live music, hula-hoop demonstrations, hot food, beverages, temporary installations and more fun in a unique space.
- When: Saturday evening Artist Market – July 21, 28 and Aug 4 (5-9pm)Partner: Livable Laneway Society
On Street Murals
- Where: Marpole, West End and Mount PleasantWhat: Community on-street murals will be painted on the roadway in three different neighbourhoods
- When: Throughout the summer – exact dates and locations to be confirmed
- Where: Mount Pleasant — 200 E.14th Ave. just east of Main St.What: Occupying up to 2 parking spots on E. 14th Ave just east of bustling Main St., the custom designed modular deck will provide free ‘no-purchase-necessary’ seating for pedestrians strolling by. The Cities of San Francisco and New York have both been testing this ‘pop-up-cafe or free public seating model over the last couple of years with great success!
Partner: Travis Martin
Mobile Digital Projections
- Where: Surprise locations throughout the city — definitely including Mt. Pleasant!What: Using a cargo bike to get from site to site, Vancouver Public Space Network will set up a mobile digital projection unit that will allow pedestrians walking by to digitally write or draw on the blank walls of buildings. The building surfaces act like a blank canvass for the temporary projections people create!When: Saturdays evenings – after dark – Dates to be Confirmed
Partner: Vancouver Public Space Network
Robson St. Summertime Plaza
- Where: 800-block of Robson Street, between Robson Square and the Vancouver Art GalleryWhat: This popular block of Robson St. will be transformed into a unique and inviting plaza open to pedestrians everyday throughout the summer.When: Everyday from June 30 to September 3