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800 Robson Plaza to receive painted design and single level surface

August 11 2017 One step closer to life as a permanent plaza

“Set in the heart of downtown, 800 Robson has tremendous potential to become a world-class gathering place for people to connect not only with their City, but also with each other.”

Illustration of aerial view of 800 Robson Plaza sidewalk

The 800 block of Robson Street will move one step closer to its new life as a plaza this week.

On August 11, the block will be filled to create a single level surface between the sidewalk and the street.

Leveling the surface will create a flexible, functional, and level plaza for public use and enjoyment.  

This interim step responds to public and stakeholder input received through consultation on the space, and will be in place until construction begins on the permanent 800 Robson Plaza next year.

“It’s exciting to see 800 Robson come alive as an accessible, vibrant permanent plaza for residents and visitors alike to enjoy,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Set in the heart of downtown, 800 Robson has tremendous potential to become a world-class gathering place for people to connect not only with their City, but also with each other.”

The block is expected to re-open Friday evening

The 800 block will be closed to the public while the asphalt is being laid, and is expected to re-open on Friday evening. Once the asphalt has dried, the City will use a painted design to brighten the space.

“Over 2,500 people pass through the Robson Street Plaza in an hour on a busy day,” says Margaret Wittgens, Director of Public Space and Street Use. “By installing this temporary level surface, the plaza will become more accessible and more readily available for programming while we work on the details of the permanent plaza. It will also create a more seamless connection to the newly renovated north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery.” 

Background

VIVA Vancouver has been activating the Robson Street Plaza during the summer months since 2011.

In April 2016, Council made the decision to turn the space into a permanent public plaza, closing the 800 Block of Robson to vehicle traffic.

The permanent Robson Street Plaza will include seating, lighting, public art, and a level surface to make the space more accessible and easier to use. 

The City extends its thanks to users of the space for their patience while this work is completed.

Learn more about the 800-block of Robson