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Kelowna’s farmer’s market experiences parking challenges due to construction

The Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market, June 9, 2021.
The Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market, June 9, 2021.

Customers of the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market are having to walk a little further to reach the market due to construction in the area.

“It’s a little tough this year with parking with all the construction around us,” said market organizer Frances Callaghan. The farmer’s market currently operates every Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of Dilworth Drive and Springfield Road.

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Construction is ongoing at the former Central Okanagan Public Schools board office site, next to the market, which is currently blocking off sidewalk along Dilworth Drive. Customers will typically park in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre but a section of the parking lot is also under construction, she said.

Vikki Webster, marketing manager with Orchard Park, said 100 new parking stalls and pedestrian access is being constructed at the location.

Construction at the Orchard Park Mall Shopping Centre, June 9, 2021.
Construction at the Orchard Park Mall Shopping Centre, June 9, 2021.

There is a grass parking lot on Springfield Drive set up by market organizers. Donations collected there are donated to the B.C. SPCA, but it quickly fills up, Callaghan said.

“It is a concern for us this year, especially when the peaches and the big heavy produce comes through, right? With people (carrying) it to their cars,” she said.

Market organizers are trying to set up a pick-up zone for vehicles.

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As one idea, customers may drop off their purchases at the information tent, get their vehicle, load up at that location and leave from there, she said.

“We’re looking at different ideas, different ways we can make it work for people,” she said, adding customers can also avoid the prime morning rush at 10:30 a.m.

On Thursday, June 10, market board members will be discussing how to help improve the situation.

Construction is blocking part of Dilworth Drive, June 9, 2021.
Construction is blocking part of Dilworth Drive, June 9, 2021.

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