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City of Vancouver to install parklet extensions on Robson Street

The City has also approved 40 additional patio permits.
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Vancouver's bustling Robson Street is getting a temporary new makeover that will offer more spaces for businesses reopening while still maintaining proper physical distancing. 

This week, temporary sidewalk and parklet extensions begin to roll out on Robson Street, and the City will continue to seek public input on pop-up plazas; the City has also approved 40 additional patio permits.

In a release, the City notes that pop-up plazas are, "the latest measure it is taking to provide people with more space to resume everyday activities." 

In partnership with the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA), the City will re-purpose the curb lane in key locations to extend sidewalks and existing parklets to provide more space for people to walk, sit, or queue. The changes will be made from Jervis St. to Burrard St. along Robson St. 

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.

Pop-up plaza survey

Pop-up plazas have temporary seating to give people the opportunity to eat, visit, rest, and enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from others. They feature colourful tables and chairs, benches, and in some locations a cordoned-off area for restaurant patios. 

The pop-up plazas are located at: 

  • East 27th Ave at Fraser St
  • West 18th Ave at Cambie St
  • West 17th Ave at Cambie St
  • West 14th Ave at Granville St
  • West 13th at Granville St
  • Bute St at Alberni St
  • Bute St at Davie St (north)
  • Helmcken St between Hamilton and Mainland streets
  • Carrall St at Maple Tree Square

Your input will help to ensure these spaces are properly maintained, inclusive, comfortable, and serving the community.
For more information on the plazas and to take our survey on how to improve these spaces over time, visit HERE.