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September 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM

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Volunteers needed: Places for People Downtown

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City staff have let us know that they are still looking for a few volunteers to help with their upcoming study of Downtown public spaces – notably with their Saturday afternoon/evening shift.

This is a project near and dear to our hearts, so if you have some spare time this week for:

  • Mandatory training session on Wednesday evening, Roundhouse Community Centre, 6-8pm; and
  • A 4-8pm shift on Saturday, September 16

please register with the planning team through their Eventbrite page.

Details on the event (via the City’s webpage)

Volunteer for the public space and public life study

Have you ever wondered why you enjoy walking down certain streets more than others? Or why some areas of cities are brimming with people while others feel abandoned? Help us find out!

Gehl is conducting a Public Life Survey in partnership with the City of Vancouver to collect ‘people data’ and better understand how people get around and spend time in the city.

The survey will inform a Downtown Public Space Strategy and potential test projects to bring the strategy from vision to action.

This is a great way to learn about Gehl’s approach to urban planning and design and play an active role in future changes to the public realm in Vancouver.

Most shifts will be four hours and take place between 8:00am and 8:00pm. Some shifts involve less of a time commitment.


  • Multiple locations across downtown Vancouver.
  • Be prepared to be outside and on your feet for the duration of your shift.

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