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Downtown Vancouver Is Getting A Stunning New Urban Park


Photo: City of Vancouver

New renderings have been released of a new city park at Smithe and Richards. The development of the new Yaletown park was first announced last year when the Vancouver Park Board approved the initial design.

The City is working with DIALOG to further develop the concept, which will go before the urban design panel, for approval.

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The 0.8-acre park could become a reality by 2019, with construction starting as early at 2018.

It will provide downtown Vancouverites with an oasis of green space. The new addition also works towards the City’s goal of becoming more green.

“The park at Smithe and Richards will open in two years and will be the first new downtown park since Emery Barnes Park opened 13 years ago,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “It features a unique five-metre high elevated walkway offering bird’s-eye views of the entire park and large overhead ‘sky-frames’ or arches that can support specialty overhead lighting and ephemeral art installations.”

yaletown park
Photo: City of Vancouver

Park Amenities:

  • Pedestrian bridge
  • Children’s play area
  • Community plaza area with water feature and seating
  • Public washrooms
  • Cafe
  • New trees and shrubs


More access to nature will be a welcome addition; with over 10,000 residents and 17,000 people working in the area.

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