Gastown Public Spaces Plan

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Help us make Gastown’s unique streets, laneways and public spaces more vibrant and people-friendly!

Gastown is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. It is an important heritage district and popular destination in Vancouver. Many of the streets and public spaces in Gastown are in need of repair and rehabilitation, and we are exploring pedestrianizing areas of this neighbourhood to support vibrant public life.

In response to Council direction [PDF, 0.2MB], staff are creating a plan that will guide how to:

  • Establish a vibrant, people-focused Gastown with enhanced gathering places, streets, and laneways to support a range of activities.
  • Pedestrianize Water Street, seasonally or year-round, starting with a pedestrian pilot in summer 2024.
  • Improve the street network, including walking, cycling, transit and vehicle connections and consideration of Cordova as a two-way street.
  • Advance Reconciliation with the local Nations and support their visibility on their lands.
  • Evolve and deepen the unique heritage feel of the area, including improved street materials and amenities.
  • Identify phased project timing and funding.

Read the backgrounder [PDF, 8MB] to learn about why we are making a public spaces plan and the draft objectives.

In the first phase of engagement (August 2023 to January 2024), we asked people who live, work and visit Gastown, to share:

  • Their experience of Gastown’s public spaces and how they could be improved
  • What we should consider as we plan for pedestrianizing Water St, seasonally or year-round

Read the summary [PDF, 17 MB] of what we heard in this first phase.

This July and August, Water Street will become a pedestrian zone with public seating, expanded patios, art, and other installations. Learnings from the pilot and public engagement will help inform future pedestrian zone pilot planning and the overall approach to pedestrianizing Water Street in the Gastown Public Space Plan.

Check out the Water Street Pedestrian Zone and stop by our pop-ups on Water Street to learn more about the Gastown Public Spaces plan:

  • Thursday, July 18 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 3 11:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 15 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 31 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Participate in one of our summer workshops to explore design approaches to pedestrianizing Water Street and improvements to Gastown’s network of public spaces. Learn more and RSVP for our July 30 and August 1 design workshops here!

  • Tuesday, July 30
  • Thursday, August 1

There will be many more opportunities this fall to share feedback on design approaches for Gastown’s public spaces, including a community survey and open houses. Sign up for our mailing list to get project updates, including opportunities to get involved (see top-right of webpage).

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Help us make Gastown’s unique streets, laneways and public spaces more vibrant and people-friendly!

Gastown is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. It is an important heritage district and popular destination in Vancouver. Many of the streets and public spaces in Gastown are in need of repair and rehabilitation, and we are exploring pedestrianizing areas of this neighbourhood to support vibrant public life.

In response to Council direction [PDF, 0.2MB], staff are creating a plan that will guide how to:

  • Establish a vibrant, people-focused Gastown with enhanced gathering places, streets, and laneways to support a range of activities.
  • Pedestrianize Water Street, seasonally or year-round, starting with a pedestrian pilot in summer 2024.
  • Improve the street network, including walking, cycling, transit and vehicle connections and consideration of Cordova as a two-way street.
  • Advance Reconciliation with the local Nations and support their visibility on their lands.
  • Evolve and deepen the unique heritage feel of the area, including improved street materials and amenities.
  • Identify phased project timing and funding.

Read the backgrounder [PDF, 8MB] to learn about why we are making a public spaces plan and the draft objectives.

In the first phase of engagement (August 2023 to January 2024), we asked people who live, work and visit Gastown, to share:

  • Their experience of Gastown’s public spaces and how they could be improved
  • What we should consider as we plan for pedestrianizing Water St, seasonally or year-round

Read the summary [PDF, 17 MB] of what we heard in this first phase.

This July and August, Water Street will become a pedestrian zone with public seating, expanded patios, art, and other installations. Learnings from the pilot and public engagement will help inform future pedestrian zone pilot planning and the overall approach to pedestrianizing Water Street in the Gastown Public Space Plan.

Check out the Water Street Pedestrian Zone and stop by our pop-ups on Water Street to learn more about the Gastown Public Spaces plan:

  • Thursday, July 18 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 3 11:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 15 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 31 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Participate in one of our summer workshops to explore design approaches to pedestrianizing Water Street and improvements to Gastown’s network of public spaces. Learn more and RSVP for our July 30 and August 1 design workshops here!

  • Tuesday, July 30
  • Thursday, August 1

There will be many more opportunities this fall to share feedback on design approaches for Gastown’s public spaces, including a community survey and open houses. Sign up for our mailing list to get project updates, including opportunities to get involved (see top-right of webpage).

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Tell us about your experience in Gastown:

  • What makes Gastown an important place to you?
  • What could improve your experience?
  • And tell us where? 

Pin the places that are important to you in Gastown or places where you would like to see improvements, and tell us why. You can also upload photos to help explain.


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