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WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Reflecting on the pedestrian plaza project

(Image: Mel Rothenburger)

By JAKE ANDRYKEW
Downtown CAP Team

PICTURE THIS: it’s a warm summer evening in Downtown Kamloops, the air conditioner broke in the café you just visited, and you figure you might spend your time with your cool drink outside.

Jake Andrykew.

Rounding the corner at 4thand Victoria street, you see it: the pedestrian plaza. It’s the perfect fit; outdoors, seating available, games for all ages, even a piano to show off your musical talents (or lack thereof). This is just one possible set of circumstances in which the pedestrian plaza would have been sought out.

Now is a good time for reflection on the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Pilot Project. The idea for a pedestrian plaza in Downtown Kamloops came out of the meetings that took place in late spring and early summer for the Downtown Plan. Initially brought up in the early meetings in May, the idea became more concrete after a 3-day workshop that took place in mid-June.

Perhaps the time the plaza saw its greatest success was when the space was utilized by events, whether small or large-scale. Between live music showings from a variety of artists going on almost daily, dance classes put on by Let’s Move Studio that occurred on Fridays, or open art classes put on by the Kamloops Art Gallery, the plaza was kept busy by Kamloops’ prominent arts and culture community.

Large events also used the plaza as a hub of sorts, which was seen when the city hosted its first International Buskers’ Festival, which ran in tandem with the Merchants’ Market.

All of this said, the pedestrian plaza was a pilot project, and the idea behind a pilot project is to test an idea on a small-scale so that improvements can be implemented if a full-scale version of the project is executed.

If you visited the pedestrian plaza any time throughout its three-week lifetime and have feedback to provide, whether a positive comment about something you liked, or constructive criticism about something you think could be improved, please direct it to letstalk.kamloops.ca/downtownplan, where you can fill out a survey about the plaza.

This article was written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach the Team at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops).

 

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About Mel Rothenburger (6018 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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