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October 2, 2015 at 1:55 PM

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VPSN Weekend Update – plan your public space adventures

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We’re just putting the finishing touches on our next newsletter (due out next week and chalk full o’ public space-related updates) – but we wanted to share a few weekend items in advance.

Saturday, October 3 – Doors Open Vancouver

The VPSN is proud to be collaborating on this year’s Doors Open Vancouver. The day-long event allows you behind-the-scenes access to an array of civic buildings and facilities. This is a once-a-year chance to get a whole new perspective on some of the city’s most unique architecture, green design, and cultural heritage.

Among the many highlights: backstage visits at the Orpheum and QE Theatres, a trip inside the False Creek Energy Centre, a peek inside operations at the VPL Central Library, a ride on the Stanley Park train, and a chance to check out the Vancouver Tactical Training Centre.

Some of the facilities have different “opening” hours, while others require sign-up. All of them are guaranteed to intrigue. (And if you happen to pop by the Stanley Park or Energy Centre sites, be sure to say ‘hi’ to the VPSN crew!)

:: More information – Doors Open website


Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 4 – Harvest Haus

October means Octoberfest! Queen Elizabeth Plaza (Hamilton at Georgia) comes alive with Vancouver’s largest Volksfest, Harvest Haus. Celebrate this hallmark of Deutsch culture – the crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block, and the clinking of glassware. (Note: this is a ticketed event).

:: More information – Harvest Haus website


Sunday, October 4 – South False Creek Seawall open house

Here’s your chance to contribute to an important civic process on one of Vancouver’s most cherished public spaces. The City is working to improve conditions for people walking and cycling along the South False Creek Seawall (between Cambie Bridge and Burrard Bridge). After some initial community discussions, they’re now seeking public input on key issues and proposed solutions for different segments of this route.

The event takes place at the Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Plan to stop by to look at the various proposals and share your feedback. You can drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Note: A second event takes place Tues Oct 6 from 4-7 at the Maritime Museum).

:: For more information, or to see some of the concept materials – South False Creek Seawall Webpage


Sunday, October 4 – Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market Fall Fair

Celebrate the changing of the seasons by participating in a local Fall Fair. There’s lots of all-ages fun to be had, including a pumpkin patch (courtesy of Applebarn Pumpkin Farm), bean bag toss, food trucks, fall-themed crafts for kids, yummy treats and more!

The event takes place 10:00-2:00pm at 2300 Guelph Street – between Mt Pleasant Elementary School and Guelph Park

:: More information – Mt. Pleasant Fall Fair Webpage




…Coming up next week 

Our next newsletter will have all sorts of other public space goodies for you, including stories on Robson Square, our take on the new Art Gallery proposal, and upcoming VPSN projects (including the annual Halloween SkyTrain party, hydrophobic art, and our new public space reading club). Stay tuned!

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