Free Parking!

RandyVanEykRandy Van Eyk believes his 40-foot sail boat, Tuesday Sunrise, should be allowed to anchor in the waters of False Creek indefinitely. Vancouver City Council requires a permit and sets a limit.

While the permit is free, you can’t anchor more than 21 days out of 40 in the winter and 14 days out of 30 in the summer. Longer than that and you need to move to a marina.

If you choose to live aboard your boat—preferring the freedom of dropping anchor or sailing away when the mood strikes—should you get free and unlimited parking?

False Creek is a desirable stop for boaters. It has a shallow and muddy bottom, which is better for securing the anchor, and it’s a beautiful setting. But if you are not hooked up to water and sewage services, is it putting public health at risk? FCboat

And who’s responsible when this happens?


An ownerless boat catches fire and the city’s engineering department is sent in to remove it. Your anchor doesn’t hold and your boat slips into a navigable channel, hits another boat, or capsizes? Who cleans up the fuel leaks?

What if your boat washes up to shore in a storm? How long does it sit there before it’s removed? Who picks up the cost of these mishaps?

Say it with Paint

On June 6, 2015, hundreds of Vancouverites united in conducting acts of “urban intervention”—small actions to improve our city and foster a sense of community.

Led by the organization 100in1Day Vancouver, an urban intervention is a fun, inclusive way to focus on the role of people and public space, and demonstrate the capacity we all have in creating a better city. It’s like a community flashmob that raises awareness of urban and social issues.

Our favourite is the display by this group in their effort to motivate people to consider a new approach to an old problem.

100in1day1-599x250The parking space … was promised to be a city park for the local community. We want to emphasize the ability of this space to contain activities and want to invite passers by to answer a critical non-provoking question. They can answer this question by shooting a paint-ball at the right field on a white canvas.

At the end of the day they had an expressive painting produced by local participants, and stimulated a bit of discussion.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Market

This summer the Plaza of Nations will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands.

The Plaza of Nations Saturday Concerts and Food Truck Festival is being launched by the Northshore Green Markets, the team behind Shipyards Night Market, which takes place Friday nights in summertime in North Vancouver.

When: Every Saturday from June 20 to September 12, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)
Where: Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard

Shipyards Friday Night Market on the North Shore

Shipyards Friday Night Market on the North Shore

Bike to Work Week—Wrap-Up Party at Creekside Park

Come celebrate the end of Bike to Work Week with a BBQ and drinks from Ethical Bean! Giant and Norco will be providing free bike mechanic services.12210013533_d9014938dd_o

Friday, May 29, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Enter to win a prize from Giant, a pannier from Two Wheel Gear, and a pair of Dish Jeans from DU/ER Denim!

Sponsored by Norco, Giant, Two Wheel Gear, DU/ER Denim and car2go Vancouver.

Welcome to your Flats—Launch Event

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission would like to invite you to come out and celebrate the launch of the False Creek Flats planning process! The Flats is made up of over 450 acres of primarily employment land. Bound by Main Street to the west, Clark Drive to the east, Prior/Venables to the north, and Great Northern Way to thfalse-creek-flats-welcome-to-your-flats-bannere south, it is home to over 600 businesses and roughly 8,000 employees!

On Wednesday, May 27th come out to Circle Studio at 390 Industrial Avenue, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm and join us for the project’s launch. Meet your neighbours and local businesses over a snack from a resident food truck and purchase a Flats brewed beer while you explore the history, diverse economy and unique industrial character of the Flats.

false-creek-flats-landingWhile at the event you will have a number of opportunities to begin to provide your input to City staff into the future of the area, as well you will find information and sign-up sheets for upcoming events.


DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TIME: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

LOCATION: Circle Studio @ 390 Industrial Avenue

Sign up today, to ensure you do not miss out on any future opportunities to help shape the future of your Flats!

You have received this message because of interest you have shown in the Viaducts and Eastern Core or a related initiative over the past number of years.  While we are inviting you because of that connection, we want to ensure that your inbox doesn’t fill up with unwanted messages should you no longer be interested in the planning of this area.  To ensure that only those interested are emailed Flats related notifications in the future, please ensure that you sign up today to our project email list.   You can always remove your email in the future should you no longer wish to receive the information.

If you would like additional information on this event, or other issues as they relate to the planning, please phone 3-1-1 or email the planning team at

We hope to see you soon!

The Flats Planning Team

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