Meditation Stations Are Yaletown’s Solution to Reduced Parking Spots

City & People

“People don’t always need to park, maybe they just need to park their stress somewhere.”

With the City of Vancouver getting rid of Yaletown parking spots, the Yaletown Business Improvement Association is offering a creative solution to help reduce and prevent the inevitable increase of road rage that is about to hit the busy business district.

The new street design will eliminate more than half of the spots found in Yaletown. As a result, the Yaletown BIA is introducing meditation stations, spaces dedicated to helping angry drivers zen out and destress from life’s problems. This project is a direct response to the City’s parking plan.

People lining up for a relaxation session at a meditation station in Yaletown. (The MIX/Olivia Van Dyke)

Yaletown BIA Executive Director Annette O’Shea spoke with The MIX and says this idea was inspired by the team’s personal experiences.

“It’s the best idea we’ve ever had because we’ve been quite stressed in our office here in Yaletown for the last few weeks over [the City of Vancouver’s] insane plan,” says O’Shea. “We sat down and said, ‘You know, we just need to find our centre.’”

Yaletown BIA Operations Coordinator Nicole Corrado destressing at a meditation station in Yaletown. (The MIX/Olivia Van Dyke)

According to a news release from the City of Vancouver, a revised street design will be trialled on Mainland and Hamilton which will leave at least 117 parking spots in the area. The decision to change the current parking situation is a response to a serious life safety issue spotted by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) in 2017.

“We heard concerns from businesses and residents about the proposed designs we put forward in January 2018 and have been working with the Yaletown BIA and business community to explore alternate options that will keep as much parking as possible and meet VFRS requirements,” says Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation. “The Yaletown BIA has expressed interest in keeping the angled parking. While this doesn’t create more parking in the short term, we may be able to work with the BIA to relocate some of the 60 dumpsters in the area which would create additional parking spaces in the long term. In addition, we will work to increase the amount of short-term parking in the area on other streets and parkades.”

The press release states that these changes are expected to take place early April 2018 and will be evaluated for up to a year.

Yaletown BIA Operations Coordinator Nicole Corrado destressing at a meditation station in Yaletown. (The MIX/Olivia Van Dyke)

Although these meditation stations may not help you find a place to park your car, it can help you find your inner peace. And isn’t that all we really want?

“Next week when the City removes half of the parking, that stress level is going to go through the roof,” says O’Shea. “For anybody that thinks this is a bad idea, come on down, dial into one of our meditation stations, and find your centre. Namaste.”

For more information on the parking situation, you can read the full press release here.