Its an experiment the Kamloops hopes will eventually help revitalize the downtown core.
The city plans to shutdown Fourth Avenue between Seymour and Lansdowne.
Development Services Director Marvin Kwiatkowski says, the pilot project will run from the start of the Kamloops International Buskers Festival and Downtown Merchants Market, Thursday, July 26, to the day after Hot Nite in the City on August 12.
He says if it works out it could be a permanent closure, but Victoria Street will remain open to east west.
“Get some energy going. Lots of different activity on that block in particular.”
The former president of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, Mike O’Reilly
“This was a step to try it for two weeks see if we close this down and having a walking area only is this going to bring more people to other places than just Victoria Street.”
The project will bring 4th Avenue to life by creating a pedestrian environment with lighting, seating areas, planters, street trees, and street games.