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Revitalization party

Residents are invited to check out the newly spruced up Westminster-Martin western gateway into Penticton's downtown at a block party on Saturday, June 21.

Mayor Garry Litke described the event taking place in the 200 block of Martin as a significant milestone for the revitalization project.

"Downtown revitalization is designed to inject new energy and investment into the community's commercial core," he said. "The Westminster-Martin project has become a stimulus for additional economic activity in the area, and it's exciting to see the vision of council's strategic priority come to life."

The project includes new sidewalks, new lamp standards, energy efficient lighting, banners, flower baskets, irrigation and street furniture along all three blocks.

Along Martin Street, water infrastructure and connections to businesses will be improved and asphalt along the road will be replaced as well. Bollards were placed alongside the flexible parking space, allowing businesses the opportunity to expand their retail space.

As work on this project comes to a close, the public is invited to take part in planning future projects along Main Street.

A two-day charrette for the North Green and South Greens was held in early June with 40 residents, business owners, stakeholder organizations and youth envisioning what the park spaces could look like.

Concepts for each park space were subsequently developed.

The next session on the concepts will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the downtown block celebration.

The party will extend the Saturday market along Nanaimo Avenue and onto the 200 block of Martin, and business owners will be showing off their goods.

On Martin Street, City Centre Fitness will host a free Rise Above Circuit Training Class at 9 a.m. on their new sidewalk. Pharaoh's Men's Hair Salon will offer discounted buzz cuts for men and wish braids for girls.

There will be a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

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