'Meet Me On Bernard' made offical


UPDATED: Kelowna city council has given the go-ahead for a full 4-block annual summer closure of Bernard Avenue.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was in full support.

“Really happy to see all of the organizations that have singed on to support this, I appreciate their support in wanting to help make this a success so from my stand point, I am very supportive of the addition funds, the $50,000. Hopefully we get the grant but if not certainly the use of reserves to make this even better.”

Councillor's voiced concern about the viability for businesses located further from the lake.

Staff will animate those blocks with live entertainment, street games and local art.

“I think that it's going to be a great amenity for our locals and visitors when they're allowed and if visitors are allowed I truly do believe that Kelowna is in for possibly its busiest summer in a while because there's a lot of pent up travel demand. People want to get out of their home, get out of their communities and go for a holiday and if that's going to be allowed I say look out. I think it's going to be a very busy time for the city of Kelowna,” said Basran.

Staff say cleanliness, safety and traffic will be top of mind.

They will also be worknig with businesses to ensure the program works for all aprties involved.

The closure will start July 1st and end after the September long weekend.

Kelowna city council is discussing the now annual Bernard Avenue closure on Monday and if it will include the 400 and 500 blocks.

Council already approved the annual summer closure from The Sails to Pandosy St. after hearing most participating businesses were pleased with the initiative.

Businesses from Pandosy St. to St. Paul St. did not have the same experience last summer, largely due to the limited number of restaurants and challenges staffing outdoor retail.

In order to draw more attention, Staff say they will animate those blocks with live entertainment, street games and local art.

Other concerns include lack of parking and difficulties surrounding pick up and deliveries.

If approved, the program will require $50,000 in funding.