placemaking [pleys] mak·ing [māking]
noun The art of altering a public space into a living space verb  Creating a public space that connects people in a pleasant and uplifting way


Parklets are modular public spaces that are welcoming and inclusive to everyone. Parklets provide opportunities to create engaging public spaces by way of re-purposing the street. Parklets expand and enhance public space and create many benefits for pedestrians, local businesses and the surrounding community.

A parklet is built on an extended platform over a reallocated parking space, and can incorporate added amenities like seating, tables, greenspace, art and bike parking. Parklets are typically built in partnership with community partners and business associations.


Benefits of Parklets

  • Benefit the community by creating opportunities for social connection in urban areas
  • Create safe, welcoming community spaces to sit, rest and connect 
  • Improve and enhance the streetscape
  • Attract foot traffic and potential customers to nearby businesses by adding public seating and unique spaces on the street to eat and drink
  • Expand the streetscape and provide space for programming and activations

Open Streets Parklets

As part of our Open Streets initiative, the City has installed a number of parklets on Lonsdale Avenue to expand the streetscape and support public health and safety. 


The Funky Parklet

Provided in partnership with the Lower Lonsdale BIA. Find this parklet on Lonsdale Ave just south of Esplanade. 

Chill Parklet Lonsdale & Esplanade | Partner LLBIA


Pride Parklet

Provided in partnership with the United Way. Located in the 1400 block of Lonsdale Ave (east).

Open Streets Pride Parklet


CNV Community Parklet

Located in the 1500 block Lonsdale Ave (east).

Community Parklet 1500 block Lonsdale E 

Play Along the Way

Provided in partnership with the United Way. Located in the 1600 Lonsdale Ave (west). 


Shipping Container Parklet | 1700 block Lonsdale Ave (West)

This fully accessible public space is now open and ready for all to enjoy. Provided in partnership with Neptune Terminals.

Shipping Container Parklet under construction


Neighbourhood Parklets

This parklet is currently located at the corner of 5th and Chesterfield, bringing extra vibrancy and outdoor seating to this corner near the coffee shop.

A new parklet is in the works at this location. Expected completion is late September 2020. 

Parklet at 5th & Chesterfield


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