Perch Program

Downtown Vancouver has limited public or park space, there are however, many privately owned public spaces (POPS). Because many of these spaces are publicly accessible in their design, it provides a huge opportunity to increase the number of spaces that can be utilized by the public to gather, engage, create a sense of community, or simply sit down to enjoy the fresh air. We call these opportunistic spaces Perches.

The DVBIA currently has 13 dedicated Perch spaces and are always looking to add more to the flock.

The following map shows the existing Perch locations. If you are a Property Manager interested in activating your publicly accessible plaza please email Kaicea Pitts at kaicea@downtownvancouver.net for more info on how to get started. We’d love to have you join our flock.

 

IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT INTRODUCING POSITIVE ACTIVITY IN A SPACE INVITES PEOPLE WHO WILL INTERACT IN A POSITIVE WAY.

You will see a multitude of activities at our Perches from Little Free Libraries, buskers, giant games, pianos and much more. The DVBIA coordinates daily programming in two of our Perch spaces; Lot 19 and Cathedral Square. To see what’s coming up in either spaces have a look at our activation calendar below:

 

To learn more about the Perch program, download the DVBIA’s Perch toolkit.

Perch Tool Kit

For more details, please contact our Placemaking Coordinator, Kaicea Pitts at kaicea@downtownvancouver.net.