The Downtown Plan review and update process continues with an exciting new pilot project happening in the Downtown this summer!
Drawing from community input received during the May public and business launch events and from stakeholder and major landowner feedback received during a multi-day workshop in mid-June, draft design concepts were created for key sites and corridors with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Residents provided initial feedback on the design concepts at a community open house during Design Downtown week in mid-June and have continued to share comments and ideas on the City’s engagement website at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/downtownplan.
To maintain the momentum, the City and the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) are partnering on a summer 2018 pilot project to trial the 4th Ave Pedestrian Plaza design concept. The project will bring 4th Avenue to life by creating a pedestrianized environment with lighting, seating areas, planters, street trees, and street games. The 4th Ave Pedestrian Plaza will be an animated, lively public space with musicians and performers at key times throughout the trial period.
The pilot project will run from the start of the Kamloops International Buskers Festival and Downtown Merchants Market, Thursday, July 26, to the day after Hot Nite in the City, Sunday, August 12. The intent is to pilot the plaza concept with the community, gather feedback, and use this information to develop a more permanent plaza space ideally in the next five years following adoption of the Downtown Plan in 2019.
The project will involve closing 4th Avenue to vehicle traffic from Wednesday, July 25, to Monday, August 13, from the alley between Victoria Street and Lansdowne Street to the alley between Victoria Street and Seymour Street, with Victoria Street remaining open to east-west vehicle traffic. Transit routes will be modified to accommodate this project; riders are encouraged to visit www.bctransit.com for re-routing information.
To help animate the space and provide entertainment during this period, there are several openings available for musicians and performers. If you are a performer and would like to showcase your talent, you are invited to submit a request by contacting Dewi Evans, the City’s Community and Wellness Event Coordinator at 250-828-3828 or email@example.com.
The City and the KCBIA look forward to welcoming you to the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza! Residents are encouraged to visit the space and then provide feedback at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/downtownplan through a brief survey, which will be available from July 26 to August 19, 2018.