Concept drawing of new park at Smithe and Richards Street

New park at Smithe and Richards

The Vancouver Park Board is developing a new 0.8-acre park in the downtown core at the intersection of Smithe and Richards streets.

The new park will:

A growing neighbourhood

The new park will serve over 10,000 residents and 17,000 employees within a five-minute walk to the park site.

Amenities will include:

  • Small café space with public washrooms
  • Community plaza with decorative water feature and seating throughout
  • Pedestrian bridge and promontory that traverses through the site
  • Children's playground
  • Community gathering harvest-table
  • Multitude of new trees, shrubs, and perennials
  • Overhead sky-frames to support lighting and temporary installations

What’s happening?

The park design was approved by Park Board Commissioners in May 2016.

Park Board staff have since been working with the project consultant, DIALOG, to develop technical drawings and coordinate development and building permits with the City of Vancouver Engineering and Planning Departments.

A Development Permit application was submitted on May 26, 2017 and the project is required to go before the Urban Design Panel in July 2017. The Building Permit application will be submitted in late 2017.

Construction of the new park is expected to begin in mid-2018 and take up to a year to complete.

In the meantime, the site will continue being leased to Easy Park and operated as a parking lot until construction begins in 2018.


Find out where the park will go, and how we'll plan and engage with you. Access project documents and related policies.

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