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The issue was contentious because sufficient space to allow
outdoor café seating could only be found by implementing
parallel parking. Would the merchants and property owners
accept the associated loss of on-street parking?
An inventory indicated that there was an abundant supply
of conveniently located, short- and long-term parking within
the downtown generally. Additionally, a safety audit identified
parallel parking as a safer option for motorists and bicyclists.
ultimately, although parallel parking was not enthusiastically
embraced, the street's business and property owners
acknowledged it was a reasonable trade-off to create a street
that would function in a new and exciting way.
The resulting sidewalk neatly accommodates three zones:
a Furnishings Zone next to the parking lane containing the
street trees, light poles and other furnishings such as waste
receptacles, benches and bicycle parking; a two-metre wide
Pedestrian Zone that is free of obstacles; and next to the
buildings, a three-metre deep Frontage Zone, available for
café seating or merchandise displays. Generous curb bulbs
complement the wider sidewalks with additional seating and
room for street programming. (Read "urban Braille", page 14.)
GETTING AT THE DETAILS
In the detail design phase, Doug Backhouse and Gabe Ross
of Golder Associates Ltd. directed the development of a
distinctive, yet authentic, pedestrian-friendly setting. Working
with the street cross-section developed in the concept phase,
they created a place where people would want to socialize and
where retail sales would be a positive spin-off. To reference
the rugged natural landscape of the region, they worked with
a palette of raw and unfinished concrete, basalt, timber and
steel. At the street's east end, the designers emphasized the
Okanagan Valley's dryland ecosystem. The west end featured
the Okanagan Lake's aquatic environment, and between the two,
the team referenced the cultural history of the Valley.
Sets of images and patterns, designed by Gabe Ross in
consultation with the local Westbank First Nation, further
express the Okanagan's sense of place. One set is etched onto
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the sidewalk surface; another playfully graces the customdesigned bollards. On the basalt pavers within the furnishings
zone, images of Okanagan flora and fauna are engraved. Gobo
lights provide nocturnal interest; their poles are made of metal
for durability but complemented with thermally-modified wood
accent panels, a contemporary interpretation of the heavytimber trestles of the Kettle Valley Railway, historical landmarks
preserved as part of the local leg of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Eight gateway poles mark the east entrance. Sandwiched
between the wood panels are LED lights that can be colour
programmed, and on each pole, a triangular metal plate carries
a greeting: "Welcome" or the First Nation translation, "liml mt
k w ckic." Because public art is integral to placemaking, a local
artist was commissioned to create 48 plates of polished steel
with backlit acrylic accents. The plates, which are mounted on
the 24 light poles, feature images inspired by landscapes of the
Central Okanagan Valley. As well, two Westbank First Nation
artists designed a set of banners, one for each gateway pole.
Each image tells a story related to the culture of the local First
Nation people.
RENEWED AND vITAL
The outcome illustrates that an effective revitalization project
must be more than skin deep; it requires an understanding
of the underlying economic fundamentals and opportunities.
Bernard Avenue design teams recognized that the concentration
of independent merchants could provide a special synergy.
They addressed the need for mobility while acknowledging the
concept of the street as a social space.
Already, Bernard Avenue is alive with a renewed optimism.
This past summer, businesses added twelve more outdoor
seating areas bringing the total to 27. The merchants indicate
that more people are strolling the street and sales have
increased. If early signs are any indication, Bernard Avenue is on
its way to reclaiming its past glory as Kelowna's "Main Street".
For more images, see LP+
pmccormick@kelowna.ca



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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