Parks/Open Space


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Using powerful, equitable and visionary tools to plan for the future of parks and recreation

Vancouver Parks Board engaged Design Workshop to complete the city’s first systemwide master plan in over 25 years. Players from coyotes to goalies sweat, bloom, gasp, sing and swim in Vancouver’s network of 3,100 acres of parkland, 28 kilometers of seawall and 175 neighborhood facilities. Engagement garnered over 1 million digital impressions in the first 6 months of the planning process. Informed by a suite of engagement and innovative analysis, Design Workshop drafted a final plan that creates a framework for equity and welcome in the face of 100-year challenges that range from 1 meter of sea level rise, aging infrastructure and rising social inequality.


  • 2018 ASLA National, Honor Award for Communications


Modus Planning, Design & Engagement, ETM Associates, Lees + Associates, HCMA Architecture, Urban Design 4 Health, Rand Corporation, University of Victoria–Dr. Val Schaefer, Applied Ecological Services, Urban Food Strategies