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A new sense of place on Bernard Avenue

May 09, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Originating with a need to upgrade the aging utilities and roadway, the Bernard Avenue Revitalization has become an identity-establishing project.

Three themes are featured along Bernard Avenue, with unique design elements in each phase of the new streetscape evoking a distinct sense of place and the natural beauty of the area.

“The themes are derived from our local natural and cultural heritage with tributes to the First Nation people of this area,” says Parks and Public Space Projects Manager Andrew Gibbs. “Placemaking draws on a community’s assets, inspiration and potential to create vibrant public spaces that promote discovery and enjoyment, and enhance the community’s attachment to public spaces.”

At the east end of Bernard, the street emphasizes the hillsides and grasslands of the valley. The west end emphasizes the lake and our aquatic environment. And in between the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.

Specific features to note include:
·         Traffic bollards at the crosswalks inset with naturally rusting corten steel and cut out images relevant to the themes
·         Natural wood plates on the light posts
·         Natural basalt stone benches and pavers
·         Local animals and plants engraved in sporadically placed polished basalt pavers
·         Garbage cans, utility boxes and bike lockers uniquely wrapped with historical images
·         Gobo lights projecting images onto the sidewalk
·         Sidewalk etchings at pedestrian crossings 
·         Thematic public art components built into the light standards

The Bernard Avenue project is a component of Downtown revitalization plans that include Phase 2 of Stuart Park, Kerry Park improvements, a public pier and downtown marina and new structured parking facilities.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

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