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.

The first phase of engagement for the Gastown Public Spaces Plan closed on Sunday, November 19.

We anticipate returning for a second phase of engagement in Summer of 2024. To stay up to date on future opportunities to get involved sign up for our mailing list to get updates directly to your inbox (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.

The first phase of engagement for the Gastown Public Spaces Plan closed on Sunday, November 19.

We anticipate returning for a second phase of engagement in Summer of 2024. To stay up to date on future opportunities to get involved sign up for our mailing list to get updates directly to your inbox (see top-right of webpage).

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Tell us about your experiences in Gastown

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

    Building on past work and conversations, we want to hear your thoughts on the plan’s draft objectives, your current experience in Gastown, improvements you’d like to see, and better understand access and loading needs for businesses and residents in the area.  

    This survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and is open until Sunday, November 19, 2023. Paper versions of this survey will also be available at the pop-up storefront (131 Water Street). 

    If you have any questions, please contact: gastownpublicspaces@vancouver.ca

    This survey is now closed

    This survey is now closed.
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    Tell us about your business's loading and access needs

    This survey is to understand the loading, access, and street-use needs for businesses, residential and commercial buildings located within the Gastown Public Spaces Plan study area. Note: this survey is not intended for individual residential units. 

    This survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete and is open until Sunday, November 19, 2023. To fill out this survey, you will need to know your building’s or business’s:

    • Loading needs (pick-up, drop-off, location)
    • Access needs (how the business or building is accessed by customers, servicing, staff; by which transportation modes; where and when)
    • Street space needs (patios, merchandise displays)

    A better understanding of your loading, access and street space needs will help us:  

    • Develop concepts for the Gastown Public Spaces Plan, including improvements to the street network
    • Plan for pedestrianizing Water Street, starting with a pilot in summer 2024

    If you have any questions, please contact gastownpublicspaces@vancouver.ca.

    There are also additional opportunities for businesses and building managers to learn about the project and provide feedback. If you would like to provide general feedback related to the Gastown Public Space Plan, including pedestrianizing Water Street, please complete our public survey (open until Sunday, November 19). 

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