Art Phillips Park Represents Former Mayor’s Vision for Livable Cities
There is a tiny, triangular, green space with a turquoise-coloured fountain and park benches dotted around the lush plot next to the Burrard SkyTrain station, in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district, that might have been filled by a commercial or residential building had it not been for former Vancouver Mayor Art Phillips.
Touted as Vancouver’s first modern mayor, Phillips was successful in convincing eight surrounding business owners to donate funds to buy the land, in partnership with the city, with the vision to create an open space and a transit stop.
The land cost $2.5 million dollars, and in 1983 the park opened as Discovery Square. The opening of the Burrard SkyTrain station followed two years later in 1985. It is currently one of five SkyTrain stations servicing downtown Vancouver.
The open space was renamed Art Phillips Park, in 2013, in honour of the man with the vision to create livable cities. Art Phillips served as mayor of Vancouver from 1973 to 1976. During that time, the city created the groundwork for the livability of a modern city, including creating the city’s property endowment fund, development permit board and heritage registry.
In 2010, Phillips was recognized with the city’s highest honour, the Freedom of the City award.
###Art Phillips Park
625 Burrard Street
(@ Melville Street)