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2099 Beach Avenue 
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Connecting people to green space, active living, and community

The Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city's itself.

It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more.

The elected nature of the Park Board and the strength and focus of its mandate have resulted in urban parks and recreation that today hold an enviable and esteemed position world-wide.

The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

Read the Park Board Strategic Framework (directions, goals, and objectives) PDF file (2 MB)

Park Board Commissioners

The Park Board ensures that Vancouver parks and recreation remains accessible and sustainable.

Park Board meetings and decisions

Find dates, agendas, reports, and live video for upcoming Park Board meetings, and minutes and video from past meetings.

Contact the Park Board

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Latest news

VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Garden receives award in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary

March 15 2017 - VanDusen Garden receives a ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Pacific great blue herons now nesting in Stanley Park

March 14 2017 - ​The Pacific great blue herons are back for the 17th year and are now starting to claim nests in the colony located across from the tennis courts and above the parking lot at 2099 Beach Avenue in Stanley Park.

Park Board office in Stanley Park

Park Board amending bylaw to prohibit cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

March 10 2017 - The Park Board directed staff last night to amend a park bylaw that pertains to cetaceans in city parks in order to prohibit the importation and display of live cetaceans in Vancouver parks. The Board asked staff to bring forward the amended bylaw for review no later than May 15.

Celebrate National Flag of Canada Day with flag raising at highest point in city

February 14 2017 - The Vancouver Park Board is raising the Canadian flag at Bloedel Conservatory and celebrating National Flag of Canada Day on February 15.

A woman stands at the shore of Kitsilano Beach while her dog plays in the water.

People, Parks, and Dogs: Park Board seeks feedback about off-leash dog areas

January 31 2017 - Participate in our consultation on draft recommendations for the People, Parks, and Dogs strategy: creating safe, engaging park spaces for people and dogs.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities.

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