Deck the Dark

Improving community safety and encouraging interactive play by illuminating Vancouver’s parks during the dark winter evenings.




Studio Course at CityStudio


  • Duane Elverum

City of Vancouver:

  • Lindsay Cole | Park Board

Student Team:

  • Seth Parker | ECUAD
  • Kate Back | UBC
  • Debbie Yeh | UBC
  • Gareth Wasylynko | SFU


  • Greenest City Action Plan


Deck the Dark seeks to bring communities together to light up the dark and under-utilized spaces in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Aiming to improve community safety and encourage interactive play, Deck the Dark is a CityStudio project that brings communities together by illuminating Vancouver’s public spaces. We have created a light package consisting of an 8’ x 15 ‘ light canopy, light-up recreational activities, and power supplies that can be utilized by communities to expand usage of dark areas and increase safety within Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

This is important to cities in the world because, building on Jane Jacob’s eyes on the streets philosophy, and active public realm is safer and healthier. We will be working with communities in UBC, Mt Pleasant, Strathcona (Mclean Park) and Kitsilano.

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