COPE
Councillor David Cadman will be bringing a motion to council this week
asking staff to prepare a report on the possibility of closure of Robson
Street,
as during the Olympics, on Saturdays and Sundays during the
summer months.

Ever since the Olympics, the councillors and Mayor
have been getting dozens emails and phone calls from residents
concerned that the Province will be closing Robson Square for
construction over the
summer. According to Councillor Cadman, “the government spent a million
dollars refurbishing this facility and now that it’s a place that
everyone wants to celebrate, they want to do more refurbishment? Why
didn’t they do it
all at once?”

According to Andrew Pask, Director of the
Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), who support the motion, “the VPSN
supports efforts to create spaces for gathering and celebrations in
Vancouver. The Olympics helped to re-establish the fact that Robson
Square is one of Vancouver’s great gathering spaces.”

While the
City can’t control the built environment, it can explore road closures
on weekends as a way of enhancing activities in the public realm on
Vancouver streets.

Councillor Cadman asks for summer closure of Robson Square

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