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Market proposed for Rutland

The survey says - a public market.

That's the result of the 'Our Rutland Project,' an initiative brought forth by the city in which $100,000 was made available investment in a project within the Rutland Town Centre boundary.

After lengthy public consultation, five potential projects were identified, including:

  • Roxby Park Enhancements
  • Fitness/Urban Movement Park
  • Public Market Space
  • Aurora Park Enhancements
  • Community Mural Program

Residents were invited to select their favourite project with the market space concept coming out as the winner.

The public market space would be situated at Roxby Park.

"The idea of enhancements to Roxby Park coupled with a new community market in the adjoining parking lot could fit well within the longer term revitalization vision for the Rutland Town Centre and was one of the key ideas from the Rutland Charette in 2010," project coordinator, Michelle Kam states in her report.

"The preliminary concept plan envisions Roxby Park to act as a forecourt to the temporary stalls to be set up in the parking lot."

Kam says detailed design will occur this year with construction and implementation in the spring of 2015.

She adds the Rutland Parks Society has agreed to relocate their market to this location in 2015 to capitalize on the visibility and new location and expand from the current Flea Market into the Rutland Community Market.

The Rutland market would be an all-around market and therefore would not be in direct competition with the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters Market.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $132,600.

Kam says $33,000 will be transferred from Policy and Planning's professional and consulting services budget which was carried over in the 2014 budget year meaning no additional impact on taxpayers.

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