News from Kamloops

Oct 3, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Marks Grand Opening of Lorne Street

Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the official grand opening of the multi-phase Lorne Street Enhancement Project today outside Cunliffe House at Riverside Park.

Phase 1 of the project included widened sidewalks and lighting improvements, landscaping, ornamental fencing and amenity areas, as well as a grand park entrance. In partnership with the United Way, an edible landscape with a harvest table was installed in Riverside Park.  The roundabout at 3rd Avenue was also a part of this project, and funded by Development Cost Charges, as well as the water feature outside Cunliffe House. Two new art pieces, including the installation at the roundabout at 3rd Ave, as well as the mural under the train bridge, add to the cultural landscape.

The Province of BC contributed $250,000 to Phase 1 of the project through the Community Recreation Program Grant. BC Hydro put $175,000 into the project, and the United Way contributed $15,000 towards the edible landscape. The Sandman Hotel was also instrumental in the beautification, taking responsibility for any works abutting its property.

Phase 2 of the project involved the realignment of Lorne Street and 1st Avenue and the addition of green space to connect Riverside Park to the downtown. This project improved pedestrian and vehicle access to and from Riverside Park and Interior Savings Centre.

Overall, the Lorne Street Enhancement project encourages increased social interaction and pedestrian activity, enhances feelings of safety and promotes future economic development initiatives along the corridor.

Additionally, street trees and widened sidewalks have created a safe buffer between the pedestrian and motor vehicles and traffic calming measures such as the new roundabout at 3rd Avenue help to create a safer pedestrian environment. New highly-visible crosswalks have been installed as well as enhanced lighting, which have improved pedestrian access to Lorne Street in the evening hours.

Terry Lake, Minister of Health and MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson commented, “The process of revitalizing downtown Kamloops has come a long way, and the Lorne Street Enhancement project is key to this process. Not only will these upgrades beautify the Lorne Street corridor, safety upgrades for pedestrian access will encourage residents to make a healthy choice to walk or cycle to Riverside Park, downtown or to the Interior Savings Centre.”

 “The safety upgrades for pedestrians and motorists along Lorne Street will certainly encourage more visitors to Riverside Park and downtown Kamloops. In addition, these improvements are the first step to further developments along this corridor, encouraging economic development and growth right in the heart of our community,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson

“This project was a great example of utilizing partnerships to the benefit of the community. The contributions from the Province, BC Hydro and the United Way were essential in enhancing and beautifying this corridor,” commented Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.

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City of Kamloops
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