March 18, 2013 - 5:45 PM
By Julie Whittet
Look out for another three Saturdays of free parking coming soon to downtown Kelowna. City council announced today the incentive aimed to encourage local residents and visitors to eat, shop and hang out downtown – despite the construction.
Expect to park for free on April 6th, June 22nd, and a day in October, still to be decided.
Mayor Walter Gray says the offer allows people to park, “as though they were at some major shopping centre,” while also getting a close look at the unfolding transformation of Bernard Avenue.
Coun. Gail Given also emphasized at today's meeting the “amazing diversity of restaurants” in the downtown area, allowing visitors to sample an impressive range of global cuisine. Gray said close to 90 pubs, cafes and restaurants populate the downtown area, giving plenty of options for those who enjoy dining out.
The Downtown Kelowna Association, which represents small shops and businesses in the area, was keen to propose the incentive after having great success with last year's free parking days. The posted time limits will still be in effect on the set dates, and the incentive is not intended for employees and staff who require all day parking.
(JULIE WHITTET /InfoTel Multimedia)
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