June 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM
PENTICTON - As construction comes to a conclusion and barricades come down on Main Street’s 200-block, the city prepares to celebrate a renewed downtown.
Starting today, Wednesday, June 15, activities return to the downtown core with the second annual Jail n’ Bail taking place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Friday, June 17, a 50s theme party is being hosted by the Downtown Penticton Association in the 300-block of Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live music by Flashback, vintage cars and an Elvis appearance.
The official reopening of the street will take place right on schedule at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, with Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, MP Richard Cannings and MLA Dan Ashton meeting at the Westminster intersection for the official ribbon cutting of the revitalized block.
Completed on time and on budget, communications officer Tina Lee says early feedback on the street improvements has been very positive. The project created wider sidewalks which is expected to provide more opportunities for street activities, storefront viewing and storefront marketing. The construction portion of the project has provided more than 12,000 hours of work within the city.
Revitalization of the 100-block of Main Street south to Lakeshore Drive is expected to get underway in September.
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