Beautification

Beautification is all about keeping the physical environment of Yaletown in great shape to ensure that the area is the best place in Vancouver to work, trade and visit. To see all the NEWS about Yaletown’s beautification projects, click here »

Street Furniture
Heritage Street Furniture Project
In 2011, the Yaletown BIA launched the Heritage Street Furniture Project to commemorate the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. Utilizing large heritage beams that were recovered from demolition in the Yaletown heritage district, new public art and street furniture is being commissioned for the area to reflect Yaletown’s historic beginnings.

Artists fabricated the street furniture from this reclaimed lumber to showcase the massive size of timber used in this heritage warehouse district. Furthermore, Yaletown’s railway heritage (as the western-most terminus of the CPR and the National Dream) is highlighted in the design of the elements. The incorporation of materials including railway tracks as part of the bench legs, as well as railway spikes, give a visual cue to the neighbourhood’s origins.

Wiens Studios

Take a stroll down Mainland Street and you’ll discover Chapel Benches (pictured above), locally designed and manufactured by Wiens Studios. Other benches were designed by Brent Comber Originals Inc and the City of Vancouver Engineering Services.

The Yaletown Caboose
The Yaletown BIA has located an authentic, decommissioned railway caboose near Mainland and Nelson, alongside Yaletown Park. This caboose is an icon and a landmark, recalling the railway history of Yaletown and the connection that Vancouver has long had with rail transportation.

Yaletown Clean Team
The Yaletown Clean Team are on the streets of Yaletown weekly throughout the year to tidy up around the planters and pick up litter in the area.

Banners
Since the Yaletown BIA began in 1999, the street banners program has expanded to cover the entire BIA area. The street banner program includes neighbourhood identification banners (the pink Yaletown banners seen throughout the area), holiday banners in winter and Taste of Yaletown event banners.

Flower Baskets and Seasonal Lighting

Yaletown flower baskets
The Yaletown BIA continues to hang flowering baskets on the lamp standards in summer and to light up the area with seasonal lighting in winter.

Yaletown Crew
During the summer, the BIA hires an enthusiastic team of young students to maintain the planter boxes, paint out grafitti, plant flowers and paint the railings along the docks.

Dumpster-Free Yaletown
The Yaletown BIA continues to work with all of its 900 members to get rid of their dumpsters by reducing waste and working with recycling firms. No new or additional dumpsters are permitted within the heritage district.
The City of Vancouver has mandated organic waste separation by 2015. The Yaletown BIA will work closely with your business to help you find an appropriate service provider for this sustainability initiative.

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