CityMash.com - On December 14th, The City of Vancouver presented their high level design concept for the future of Robson Square to City Council. If the plan is approved, construction would begin on the permanent pedestrian plaza in 2017.
The design for Robson Square is a permanent extension of the features placed in the area during recent Vancouver summers, like seating installations. Roads will be raised to even out the surface and create one continuous plaza space. Defined block ends on Hornby St and Howe St will house design elements like furniture and landscaping. Power and water hook ups would be incorporated into the remodel as well. Flexible features like movable seating, tables and public art are planned for the part of the block over top the Robson Square skating rink.
The City is also hoping to add permanent seating, bike parking and additional lighting throughout the new Robson Square.
In April, City Council approved the proposal to permanently convert the 800-block of Robson Street, or Block 51, into a public plaza under VIVA Vancouver. VIVA Vancouver aims to create vibrant pedestrian spaces throughout the city and will do that in Block 51 with VIVA Robson.
Throughout the fall, city staff consulted over 2200 Vancouverites to find out what we want in our city centre. Robson Square has been generally closed to vehicle traffic since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were hosted in Vancouver. In 2012 the city began a formal consultation process for permanently closing the area to vehicles. Since 2010, Robson Square has become a gathering place for pedestrians and home to many market stalls and festivals, such as Vancouver’s Jazz Fest. The current plans for Robson Square’s redesign, if approved, would cost $6.5 million and construction would begin in the new year.
For more information on the proposed design and plans for Robson square visit this City of Vancouver webpage.