Downtown Block Party

Penticton is invited to check out the newly revitalized Westminster-Martin western gateway into Downtown Penticton during a Block Party in the 200 Block of Martin Street set for Saturday, June 21 during market hours.

“Completing the western gateway to Downtown Penticton is a significant milestone for the revitalization project,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “Downtown revitalization is designed to inject new energy and investment into the community's commercial core. 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 Block Party will extend the popular Saturday Market along Nanaimo Avenue and onto the 200 block of Martin, where the new street will be open for pedestrian access. Business owners and operators along Westminster and Martin are keen to show off their new space, planning some special stalls to showcase their goods – like the Beads and Beyond on Westminster. On Martin Street, City Centre Fitness will host a free “Rise Above Circuit Training Class” at 9 a.m. on their new sidewalk for anyone looking for an outdoor workout. Pharaoh's Men's Hair Salon will welcome summer with discounted buzz cuts ($8) for men and wish braids for girls. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m., with free cake while quantities last.

“We are so excited to see the relaunch of the Westminster-Martin project and to see the business owners enjoying their new ‘storefront' areas, all the extra activity on the street adds to the colour and vibrancy of our Downtown,” said Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association.

The Downtown Penticton western gateway project included 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, and bollards were placed alongside the flexible parking space that offers businesses the opportunity to expand their retail space in a vibrant and cost-effective way.

As work on Downtown Penticton's western gateway comes to a close, the public is also 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 to envision what the park spaces could look like in the future. After site tours, intensive dialogue and working sessions, MMM Group has developed concepts for each park space featuring many of the suggestions and comments received during the charrette.

Two consultation sessions are scheduled for those concepts:

  • Saturday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Market on Main Street
  • Saturday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Block Party celebration

The Downtown Penticton revitalization project falls under the Vibrant Penticton banner, which has the vision of “Penticton – a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront City focused on sustainability, community and economic opportunity.” Penticton Council chose two strategic priorities to achieve this vision, including Downtown revitalization and Waterfront enhancement.

More information about the project is available at www.penticton.ca/downtown.