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Revive Summer Pedestrian Square after challenging the first year of Vernon, British Columbia

Vernon, British Columbia will reopen the Summer Pedestrian Square, but plans are controversial.

Some thought the street closure last year was a "great success", while others described it as a "complete bomb."

Due to the creation of the Plaza, the block on Vernon's main street is currently closed from July to August.

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The City and Downtown Vernon Association have partnered to close 2900 blocks on 30th Avenue in the hope of adding vitality to the heart of downtown.

Restaurant owner James Fredley plans to take advantage of the closure to put the table outdoors.

"We are excited about the musical and performing arts schedule that takes place at lunchtime and evening. I think it's great for our customers and for the heart of downtown," said the sidewalk. Floodley, who worked on reinforcing the railings of the patio, said.

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This is the second time the Pedestrian Square has been tried in this Vernon block. But last year's event faced major challenges.

Before the 2021 pilot project, B.C. Many were hit by a deadly heat dome that led them to stay indoors.

After that, the tragic season of wildfires continued, creating a smoky situation.

So how the Plaza went on last year depends on who you ask.

"It was a huge success when the weather was tolerable and the smoke wasn't too bad," said Fradley, owner of The Med Restaurant.

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"I'm excited this year because I didn't have the opportunity to fully represent [Plaza] at last year's closure. The cool spring makes us hope to have a great day here at Plaza. ”

The Fantastic Slow Pitch Tournament is back for the first time in two years.

But the pawnshop Raven Traders, manager John Harker across the street, has far less rosy opinions about last year's event.

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"When the street was closed, this block was a ghost town almost every day. Most businesses were closed. It picked up a bit at night, "said Harker.

The restaurant may have benefits, but the loss of parking has had a huge impact on his business last year, Harker said.

"Last year was a complete bomb, but I don't think this year will be this much better. Last year, they blamed the failure of the heat dome we often have in Okanagan," Harker said. Told.

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Considering the heat wave of Okanagan , This year's organizers are planning to incorporate an umbrella and mist station.

Neither the city nor the Downtown Vernon Association made anyone available for the interview on Monday.

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The city has budgeted up to $ 43,000 for Summer Plaza.

Programming will start on Thursday with an official kick-off. The closure of

streets will continue until early September.

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