More events, less traffic

Over the past two weeks, a portion of Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna has been closed three times to traffic to allow for special events and festivals.

Mayor Colin Basran says he'd like to see it happen more often.

A portion of the main downtown artery will be closed for several hours every Saturday for a satellite Farmers' and Crafters' Market.

It was closed last Saturday for the annual downtown Block Party and Thursday evening for the third annual Arts on the Avenue.

"I think you only need to look at the attendance of that event (Block Party) to see how much people enjoy them. I heard a lot of comments from people down there that they would love to see Bernard Avenue closed off more often for events like that, that bring community together," said Basran.

"I don't disagree. I would like to see more events where Bernard is closed and we invite the community down to celebrate or get together for entertainment."

Basran says it's not something that would happen overnight, but rather over time.

He says it's worth exploring, and something he says he'll speak about with the new executive director of the Downtown Kelowna Association.

"It's just something worth exploring.  We know there's a greater appetite for more activities like that in our city."

Basran added there has been no discussion within city hall about permanently closing off Bernard Avenue to traffic.

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