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Downtown Vancouver To Get Beautiful Multi-Level Park, Cafe & Bridge Included

Downtown Vancouver Smithe & Richards Street Park & Cafe

Photo: City of Vancouver

A new park in the heart of Downtown Vancouver is expected to get the go-ahead this week.

Vancouver is known, in international circles, as having a beautiful blend of landscapes and cityscapes, so it’s about time the city gets a stunning park in the heart of its downtown area.

The park will be at the intersection of Richards Street and Smithe Street.

According to the Vancouver Park Board, the new park will be about 0.8 acres, serving the 10,000 residents and 17,000 employees in the surrounding area. (The very-popular Hello Goodbye “drinking den” is less than a 5-minute walk away.)

Furthermore, the new park will include:

  • Small café space and public washrooms
  • Community plaza with a decorative water feature and seating throughout
  • Pedestrian bridge and promontory extending into the Smithe Street right-of-way
  • Children’s playground
  • New trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Over-head sky-frames that will support lighting and ephemeral installations
Downtown Vancouver Smithe & Richards Street Park & Cafe
Photo: City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver says the park will “serve as a place for community recreation, culture, and tranquility in the bustling neighbourhood”, as well as “improve the liveability of the area and our city.”

The park is a welcome addition, considering the lot used to be a parking lot.

“You know when people say we paved paradise and put up a parking lot?’, said City Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung to News 1130. “This is the opposite. I’m paving a parking lot and trying to deliver a great public space in the heart of downtown”,

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