Construction On Robson Street Plaza Transformation Project Begins

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Robson Plaza

The 800-Block of Robson Street is set to be transformed into a permanent plaza, and construction begins today.

The new plaza will be between Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery, replacing the current strip of the street that occasionally hosts events.

800 Robson Plaza Upgrades

Robson Plaza

Photo: City of Vancouver

According to the City of Vancouver, the new-and-improved plaza will feature:

  • A flexible open space for year-round events with moveable seating and tables, additional benches, and lighting;
  • A continuous level surface of concrete and pavers to create consistency with the recently renovated šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (located on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery);
  • Pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Hornby and Robson Streets, including better separation for people cycling and driving; as well as
  • Improved lighting and power connections.
Robson Plaza

Photo: City of Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

Photo: City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is hoping to build off of the popularity of the space surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery. The new plaza will join šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, as well as Robson Square, creating several public spaces.

Construction is set to be completed in Spring 2020. In addition, access to the plaza will not be available in the meantime. However, the City of Vancouver has installed an accessible detour to accommodate pedestrians passing through the area.

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