Posted by: VPSN | August 28, 2010

VPSN Public Space News & Events | 27 August 2010

Welcome to almost-September folks!  Hope you all had a great summer and are excited for what’s coming in these last few weeks before fall.  We’ll be welcoming the change in seasons with PARK(ing) Day and a variety of other projects so read on for the scoop and join the action when you can — we’d love to have you along!


  • Friday, September 17 – Park(ing) Day


  • Wednesday, September 1 – Volunteer Orientation Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 14 – Urban Design Working Group Meeting
  • Monday, September 27 – Billboards & Corporatization Brainstorm
  • Transforming Broadway Report
  • Great Trees Contest – Support the Urban Forest


  • Talk Green To Me
  • Hornby Bike Lane Consultation


Friday, September 17 – PARK(ing) Day

Want to help us turn some dull concrete parking spaces into public spaces for a day? Join us for PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 17th as we transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.

For the third year running, the Vancouver Public Space Network will be participating in PARK(ing) Day – a global adventure that sees parking spaces transformed into public space playgrounds for young and old. Sound awesome? It is! There are two ways for you to get involved:

1) Join the VPSN as we take over some parking spaces in a soon-to-be-revealed downtown location!

This year we’ve got some great concepts lined up including a street jam, swing dancing, and even a yoga class! Sound fun? Help us out and:

  • Come to one of our weekly PARK(ing) Day Planning Meetings
  • Email Simon at to find out how you can help to make this year our best PARK(ing) Day yet!
  • Join the Facebook Event to stay up-to-date on the latest plans and updates, and invite your friends!


2) Take over a parking space of your own on September 17th!

The best way to participate in PARK(ing) Day is to design and build a park. It’s easy – you don’t need to be an artist, community activist or have any special training to do a park, but you do need to be aware of your local regulations and do you best to stay within the law. Sound fun? Simply:

For more information about PARK(ing) Day, please visit:

Did you know!?

The PARK(ing) Day practice dates back to at least the 1930′s, when citizens of Oklahoma City set up card tables, dropped a few coins in the meter and played bridge in parking spaces to protest the very creation of parking meters themselves! Come out and be a part of history on September 17th!


Wednesday, September 1 – Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Join us for our monthly volunteer orientation and learn about opportunities to make Vancouver great!  Session takes place at 7pm in Room 3047, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings.  Please RSVP.

:: More information or to RSVP – erin at

Tuesday, September 14 – Urban Design Working Group Meeting

The VPSN’s Urban Design Working Group works on a variety of issues connecting planning, design and public space.  This month we will be reviewing progress around the North East False Creek High Level Planning Process, the next stage of Where’s the Square and planning responses to emergent urban design issues and opportunities in Vancouver.

:: For more information – urbandesign [at]

Monday, September 27 – Billboards & Public Space Corporatization

Our Corporatization Working Group is convening a meeting to brainstorm issues around the corporatization of public space – that is, the presence of billboards and outdoor signage, corporate branding and forms of privatization affecting Vancouver’s public realm.  We’ll be preparing a discussion paper on the subject and we invite you to help us to think through the issues. The meeting takes place Monday the 27th of September at 6:30 pm. Location TBD.

:: For more information – stephanie [at]

Coming Soon: Transforming Broadway Report

In July and August we worked with the City of Vancouver to coordinate and host two public consultations and a ground-truthing session to the sorts of things that it will take to transform Broadway into a Great Street. Thanks to the participation of dozens of volunteers and VPSN supporters we’re putting the finishing touches on our report detailing our findings.  Stay tuned for more on this.

:: VPSN Transforming Broadway Webpage

Great Trees Contest. Support the Urban Forest. Win a Prize!

Each week we give a way a prize to one lucky Vancouverite who likes trees.  The process is easy and the odds are good.  If you want to participate, all you have to do is send us a picture of your favourite Vancouver tree with a few words on why you feel its so awesome.

We’ve been publishing the submissions we’ve recieved, along with other neat articles on Vancouver’s urban forest on our Great Trees blog.  In the next little while, we’ll also be kicking off our community-based map of the city’s favourite leafy giants.

If you have a chance this week, take a moment to snap a picture of your favourite tree and send it our way!  Help us to pay homage to our urban forest.

:: For more information –


Talk Green To Me

How can Vancouver reach its 2020 goal of being the Greenest City in the world? Between now and October 7 the City of Vancouver wants you to share what you would do to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world… naturally the VPSN is helping out and making sure public space is on the agenda.

:: Have an idea? Want to vote on what you think is most important? Click here.
:: Want more info? Visit the Talk Green To Me website.

Hornby Bike Lane Consultation

We believe that Hornby street is a crucial link in creating a substantive and comprehensive bicycle lane network that will increase ridership and safety and will provide benefits for residents and businesses alike. The VPSN is currently preparing a letter for City Council outlining our support for this initiative.  We encourage you to send Council your thoughts as well!

:: Have something to add? Email mayorandcouncil (at)
:: City of Vancouver – Bike Vancouver webpage


The Vancouver Public Space Network is an all-volunteer, community-driven enterprise that works on advocacy, education and outreach pertaining to the city’s public realm.  We depend on your contributions in order to undertake our projects and activities.  Looking to lend a hand?  Please consider making a donation or signing up for one of our volunteer projects.  Thanks!


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