Downtown Streetscape Elements

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An example of streetscape elements (bench, table and bollard) installed on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna.

Streetscape elements like benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks and traffic bollards support increased pedestrian activity, provide added comfort and promote safety.

The City of Kelowna is working to coordinate the streetscape elements that are installed in four downtown districts: the cultural district, the residential district, the business district, and the historic and entertainment district (see map on the right.)

We collected your feedback, along with other considerations such as operational requirements and life-cycle costs, to finalize three groups of complementary elements called suites.

The suites will then be installed over time as development occurs or as older street furniture needs replacing.

Right now, Kelowna has coordinated streetscape elements in its downtown Waterfront District and along Bernard Avenue.

If you walk around these areas you can see how the various streetscape elements work together to promote use, comfort and a district's identity.

Coordinating the streetscape elements in the other downtown distircts will avoid a hodgepodge of different styles and colours and make them more inviting places to be.

Streetscape elements like benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks and traffic bollards support increased pedestrian activity, provide added comfort and promote safety.

The City of Kelowna is working to coordinate the streetscape elements that are installed in four downtown districts: the cultural district, the residential district, the business district, and the historic and entertainment district (see map on the right.)

We collected your feedback, along with other considerations such as operational requirements and life-cycle costs, to finalize three groups of complementary elements called suites.

The suites will then be installed over time as development occurs or as older street furniture needs replacing.

Right now, Kelowna has coordinated streetscape elements in its downtown Waterfront District and along Bernard Avenue.

If you walk around these areas you can see how the various streetscape elements work together to promote use, comfort and a district's identity.

Coordinating the streetscape elements in the other downtown distircts will avoid a hodgepodge of different styles and colours and make them more inviting places to be.

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Do you have a question about the Downtown Streetscape Elements project? Ask it here and we'll get you an answer as soon as possible. 

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    Why do we spend money on things like this instead of putting more money towards snow removal during the winter months? Or adding more road workers to projects so that they don't take from August to November? Looking forward to your reply.

    Molly Asked almost 3 years ago

    We won't be going out and spending a lot of money to replace existing street furniture. Once the coordinated sets of furniture have been selected, they will only be installed over time to replace worn out furniture or as development occurs and in those cases, it will be the developer who pays for the furniture. So, this is not a case of choosing to spend money on street on furniture over other priorities.

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    Why would you waste energy by lighting underside of a bench? We should be leading energy conservation not wasting it.

    Tyler Asked almost 3 years ago

    We have no plans to light the undersides of our benches. Any lighting in the pictures, which were supplied by furniture manufacturers, is just for effect and won't be replicated in real life.

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    Why are the garbage containers not including recycling?

    Robert S47 Asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Robert. Most manufacturers provide mounting options for collection of bottles and cans.You will see examples of this option on trash receptacles at the corner of Ellis St. and Doyle Ave.

    In terms of the elements pictured in our survey. we were limited in terms of product pictures available for display from manufacturers but we will include this option as part of selection and future specifications for all trash receptacles within the downtown.


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    We were walking downtown with some friends and their comment was that the sidewalks were so dirty and stained throughout Bernard Avenue. Is there a way the sidewalks can get washed by the city every so often? I do my bit by picking up garbage whenever we walk from the corner of Bernard to the lake and I know you hire soemone in the downtown area to do this. But what about washing the sidewalk a few times during the summer.

    pam Asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Pam. The Downtown Kelowna Association operates a Downtown Clean Team. Among the many things the team does is wash sidewalks. You can learn more here: https://www.downtownkelowna.com/members-association/street-services/downtown-clean-team/

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    Just wondering when Pandosy and Richter St will see some improvements?? I have lived on Francis Ave for 20 years and feel these major routes have been forgotten. Parts of Richter look 3rd world. Intermittent sidewalks on both streets need to be addressed .

    Vanv Asked about 3 years ago

    Richter and Pandosy have definitely not been forgotten. They are streets that could see some improvements as a result of this streetscaping projects, especially as new development occurs. There is also a long-term vision for Downtown Kelowna set out in the Downtown Plan. You can learn more about that here: https://www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/community/2012-02-28_downtown_plan_report_final.pdf

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    Could we take a page out of Vancouver's book, and design and install benches that are similar to these? http://weburbanist.com/2014/07/24/bench-to-bedroom-public-furniture-turned-homeless-shelters/

    Dragon Asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Vanv. That's an interesting suggestion. We recently launched a new initiative called the Journey Home where the City is working with community partners to develop a long-term homelessness strategy. A task force was recently appointed and community engagement will begin soon. If you think this is an idea worth pursuing I would encourage you to raise it during one of those engagement opportunities. You can learn more and sign up for project updates at: kelowna.ca/journeyhome.