You’ve seen them around Vancouver, you may have even hung out on one, but you probably had no idea what it was called. Let me introduce you to parklets, an initiative launched in 2017 by the City of Vancouver and VIVA Vancouver to create dynamic public spaces. A parklet is an extended platform over a parking space that can include benches, tables, chairs, landscaping and bike parking. They’re sponsored by private partners but are open for everyone to use, as they’re designed to foster a sense of community by creating welcoming public spaces.
Top parklet picks!
Parklets are popping up all over Vancouver. Here are some of the best ones to check out.
Located at Main and 14th
The original Vancouver parklet! This is the first parklet to be paired with a bike corral and modular decking and railings.
530 Robson Street Parklet
Located at Robson and Seymour
This parklet helps widen the sidewalk and provides a unique public space that encourages community gathering.
Urban Pasture Parklet
Located at Robson and Burrard
This is a great place to sit and people watch on Robson Street! There are long curving benches, wood decking, and lots of landscaping.
Located at Fraser and 43rd Avenue
The Fraserhood has custom-made wooden benches where you can sit and relax and maybe enjoy some food from some of the local restaurants.
French Quarter Parklet
Located at Main and 21st Avenue
Multi-level planters and angular benches create a welcoming gathering place, and it’s a great place to take a rest when you’re done all your shopping on Main Street.
Amy Beeman has been working in morning radio for almost 20 years, first in her hometown of Prince George and now for 94.5 Virgin Radio with Jonny, Holly & Nira. Her interests include running half marathons, dancing in her kitchen, napping, blogging at According to Amy, and going on adventures with her twins, Lucy and Sam, and her son Stanley. Amy loves seeing the world through their eyes.