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Relocating Kelowna's farmers’ market a priority for council: Mayor

Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas.
Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas.
Image Credit: Submitted/Tom Dyas

Finding a new home for the decades-old Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is square on the radar of Kelowna city council, mayor Tom Dyas says.

The market has a lease on the land in its usual spot at the corner of Benvoulin Road and Springfield Road, which is owned by Orchard Park mall, for this season. But the land was put up for sale this week for $13 million.

Once the land sells it will depend on the new owner whether to lease again next summer or push to get the site developed. That’s why organizers are hoping for help from the city.

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At this point, Dyas can’t say whether the solution is for the city to provide land or just facilitate a relocation, but it has council's attention.

“I’d hate to say this is exactly what it is right now because there are a number of scenarios that we’re discussing,” he said. “We’re looking at all considerations. It’s a priority of council. It’s something important to this community. From early indications, I know we will definitely make certain we get that done and find another spot for them.”

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