Who: Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and Grandview-Woodland neighborhood partners.
What: Temporary street closure to make a pocket park for locals and commuters
When: July 15th, exact timeframe TBD
Where: East 8th Ave @ Commercial
Why: As part of the lead-up for PPS and the City of Vancouver’s Pro Walk/Pro Bike/ Pro Place conference September 12-15, and after conversations with various local stakeholders and a site visit by PPS, it was decided that the Grandview-Woodland transit centre (Commercial and Broadway) would present an excellent opportunity for a public space demo project.
After performing a few days of on-the-ground outreach and talking with partners in the neighborhood, we found that most people wanted more amenities like seating, and greenery and programming in the space that was reflective of the neighborhood’s character and values. Most folks we spoke to wanted to see art in the space, music, dance, unique merchants/vendors, or just a little more color.
Our goal is to connect with individuals and organizations who could help the neighborhood test our their vision for new public spaces around the transit centre by contributing their time, talent, or other forms of support to the project.
In this case, we’re looking for buskers who can show off their stuff and bring some good times to the thousands of people who pass thru the area each day. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming out for the day’s event and helping create an awesome space for the people of Grandview-Woodland, please let us know!
We’re currently working with a First Nations artist to work on an art project, possibly with kids from the neighborhood, within the space. We’re also exploring partnerships with the public library, neighborhood groups, and nearby businesses to bring mobile reading rooms, local wares, and other programming to the space for the day’s events.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 212-620-5660 x301 to discuss how to get involved!
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