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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

Vancouver Aquarium

Park Board responds to Vancouver Aquarium decision on cetaceans in captivity

January 18 2018 - The Vancouver Park Board applauds the Vancouver Aquarium's decision that it will end the importation and display of live cetaceans in Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Brewing

New restaurant soon to open in historic Stanley Park location

January 15 2018 - Learn how the new Stanley Park Brewing restaurant will be a positive addition to the park.

Polar Bear Swim

Brrr, did somebody say Polar Bear Swim?

December 21 2017 - Vancouver Park Board’s 98th annual Polar Bear Swim in English Bay is January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

Holiday Heights at Bloedel

Holiday Heights goes ‘Arctic’ this year at Bloedel Conservatory

December 15 2017 - Holiday Heights at Bloedel is back with an Arctic theme, running daily between 10 am and 8 pm from Friday, December 15 to Sunday, January 7.

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.

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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