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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Connecting people to green space, active living, and community

The Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city's itself.

It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more.

The elected nature of the Park Board and the strength and focus of its mandate have resulted in urban parks and recreation that today hold an enviable and esteemed position world-wide.

The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

Read the Park Board Strategic Framework (directions, goals, and objectives) PDF file (2 MB)

Park Board Commissioners

The Park Board ensures that Vancouver parks and recreation remains accessible and sustainable.

Park Board meetings and decisions

Find dates, agendas, reports, and live video for upcoming Park Board meetings, and minutes and video from past meetings.

Contact the Park Board

Tell us online if you have a problem, concern, question or comment about a park, Park facility, or an item managed by the Park Board.

Latest news

Bright Nights Christmas Train

Bright Nights Christmas Train on track with donation from local family

November 30 2017 - The Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park runs November 30, 2017, to January 6, 2018.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … at VanDusen Festival of Lights

November 23 2017 - The 33rd annual VanDusen Festival of Lights—Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event—returns December 1 to January 7 (closed December 25).

Rena Soutar

Vancouver Park Board hires first reconciliation planner

November 16 2017 - The Vancouver Park Board approves reconciliation planner position to advance ambitious reconciliation agenda.

Stanley Park Railway Ghost Train

Stanley Park Ghost Train and VanDusen Glow in the Garden are set to entertain again this Halloween

October 12 2017 - Vancouver Park Board's Stanley Park Ghost Train and VanDusen Glow in the Garden are set to entertain again this Halloween.

New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project

Helping the Burrard Inlet ecosystem: salt marsh in New Brighton Park already attracting juvenile salmon and rich marine life

September 21 2017 - A new tidal wetland in New Brighton Park in east Vancouver has been created to improve access to nature for park visitors, and provide habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities....

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