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Doors Open Vancouver - one of several great volunteer opportunities.

Doors Open Vancouver - one of several great volunteer opportunities.

Hi everyone,

September is upon us, and that means a new round of exciting late-summer and fall public space activities. We’ll be reporting out on many of these in our next full-length Public Space Newsletter; however we wanted to let you know about a few upcoming events – including Park(ing) Day and the inaugural Vancouver Design Week  and Doors Open Vancouver.

More specifically: we’re looking for help with each of these, so if you have some extra times and are looking to lend a hand with one or more cool projects – please get in touch!

 – The VPSN team

Friday, September 19 – Park(ing) Day 2014 
Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration that takes place around the globe. It invites participants to creatively re-imagine metered parking spaces as… parks, mini gathering places, theatres, dance floors, landscape installations, art stations, you name it! It’s a challenge that’s been producing some excellent results since it was first started (in good ‘ol San Fran) back in 2005.

2014 will mark the 7th year that the VPSN has held a Park(ing) Day event in Vancouver, and this year, as always, we’re looking for volunteer assistance to make it a success.

We’ll be holding our next planning meeting tonight (Thursday), at Bean Around the World, Cambie and Hastings at 6pm. If you’re free later on, stop by and join in the discussion. There’s lots to be done.

For more information contact Aateka Shashank at aateka [at] vancouverpublicspace [dot] ca.

September 15 through 28 – Vancouver Design Week
Vancouver Design Week is a city-wide festival to celebrate established and emergent design talent; to spotlight broad spectrum design innovation; to cross-pollenate and empower designers and design-thinkers across disciplines, and ultimately to leverage the potential of design for transformative agency in Vancouver (and beyond).

For fourteen days in 2014, Vancouver Design Week and partners will host workshops, idea jams, exhibitions, open building tours and open studios. Special events and parties include the inaugural City of Vancouer Urban Design Awards. Vancouver Design Week has multiple ways to get involved: host a tour, submit an event, become a supporting partner, make a donation or volunteer as a #VDW2014 Ambassador before/during the event.

Get involved:
Follow @vandesignwk on twitter and instagram
Interested volunteers please contact

Saturday, October 4 – Doors Open Vancouver
Doors Open Vancouver is a one-day, free, behind-the-scenes look at some of Vancouver’s most intriguing buildings. Over 20 buildings will be participating in the inaugural Doors Open Vancouver event that will take place on Saturday, October 4 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Doors Open Vancouver is brought to you by the City of Vancouver and Urbanarium, in association with Vancouver Heritage Foundation, the Vancouver Public Space Network and Cascadia Green Building Council.

We are looking to recruit three types of volunteers: General Volunteers, Team Leaders and Volunteer Support. There are various shifts and specific jobs associated with each of these categories. A few general requirements: volunteers need to enjoy working with the public, be 19 years of age or older, and be able to attend one of the volunteer orientation sessions that is being organized.

Our partners have come up with some sweet incentives as well. Volunteers will receive an official Doors Open Vancouver 2014 t-shirt, a “bypass the line” wristband to use when you’re not doing your volunteer work, and an invitation to the volunteer wrap party.

To sign-up, please register online.

… And looking ahead to late October and early November: help needed for the Halloween SkyTrain Party and VPSN municipal election events

If transit parties or local politics (or both) tickle your fancy, we’ll be discussing two more events at the next VPSN volunteer orientation, taking place on Monday, September 15.

If you’d like more details, please zip us a note at volunteer [at] vancouverpublicspace [dot] ca.

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