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The new light poles are now working from Pandosy to Abbott streets. Cafe tables will be added to a number of the poles and the gobo lights have been installed. These project an image onto the sidewalk and will be activated in Phase 2 once the road reopens.
Unique design elements create a sense of place
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.
Three themes are featured along Bernard Avenue, with unique design elements in each phase of the new streetscape. The themes are derived from local natural and cultural heritage with tributes to the First Nation people of this area.
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
Phase 2 is scheduled for completion, as per the contract, no later than June 30. Every effort is being made to re-open the road to motorists as soon as it is safe to do so. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as construction is completed.
For more information on the project, email
Downtown Kelowna Association