The road in downtown Kelowna is closed to automobiles in the summertime – Okanagan

Just in time for the heat, Bernard Avenue in Kelowna will be closed to vehicles to create more space for decks and summer fun.

“We are in the process of cordoning off each of the intersections [at] Pandosy [Street] and Ellis [Street] as we prepare for Meet Me at Bernard, ”said Mark Burley, executive director of the Downtown Kelowna Association.

The closure means pedestrians, cyclists and scooters will have more space in downtown Kelowna this summer and more space on the coveted sunny terraces from Kerry Park to St. Paul Street.

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“We are very excited to have Bernard closing the street, so we will have eight additional tables in front of our terrace which will help bring more people to our restaurant,” said Maya Houssian, CRAFT Beer Market Night Manager.

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Businesses in downtown Kelowna are pushing for the street to close earlier than planned

The closure of Bernard means not only that restaurants can expand their terraces, but also that artists, performers and musicians can cultivate different atmospheres in each of the four blocks.

“The 400 block” [has] was called Neighborhood Plaza this year, with all sorts of activities, ”said Burley.

The 500 block will be the community space with fun activities for the whole family, Burley said.

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Downtown Kelowna will present a “new look” from June 29th with the terrace program on Bernard Avenue

The Summer Meet Me on Bernard event is a joint event between the Downtown Kelowna Association, the City of Kelowna, and Tourism Kelowna.

Together they will install mini-parks, booths, and attractions planned from Pandosy Street to St. Paul Street, events that will ease some of the shopkeepers who struggled with closing last year, now they will trade in the traffic noise for that Street musicians music for a few months.

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“It’s so quiet and peaceful, I love that part where we can open our doors and not hear all the noise from traffic and motorbikes,” said Delight Cowen, manager of The Downtown Shoe Store.

The Bernard Avenue closure is expected to be completed by July 1 and remains closed to vehicles until September 6.

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