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City puts market up for award
The Penticton community has already won two major peoples’ choice challenges, and now promoters are hoping to make it a triple crown with the 2013 Great Public Space award.
The award is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners. And it’s going to be a stiff competition.
The Downtown Market is up against the likes of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, English Bay in Vancouver and others; the greatest of Canada’s great places.
“The planning department and the Downtown Penticton Association thought it would be an excellent idea to nominate the downtown Penticton market as one of Canada’s great places,” said Anthony Haddad, director of development services.
Earlier this summer, Penticton was a winner in the Main Street Matters challenge, winning a fresh coat of paint for three blocks of downtown.
Then, voters chose the city for an on-air visit from a TV morning show and now the drive is on to win a third challenge.
So organizers are once again asking Pentictonites to sit down at their computers, pull out their smart phones and tablets and vote at http://www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces/en/place.asp?id=6143.
The most popular places nominated will be on the shortlist of finalists highlighted on the Great Places in Canada website.
Canadians will vote for the People’s Choice Award in each category, while a judging panel of renowned planning experts will weigh in to pick the Great Places in Canada for 2013.
“It brings more attention to the markets, that are already spectacular,” said Kerri Milton, executive director of the DPA.
“It shows other people in Canada what we have to offer.
Haddad said it would also be recognition for a great use of the city’s space.
“The flexibility in use of the street for a market such as this is a fairly significant planning achievement,” said Haddad.
It’s a significant achievement, he explained, to close down the majority of the downtown core every weekend during the summer for the use of a public market that is a significant social event and a draw for tourists.
“It’s a significant success over the last few years and one of the city’s greatest assets,” he said.
The downtown market is really three markets: the Farmers’ Market that has been operating for more than 20 years, the Artisans’ Market and the DPA’s community market. Together, the markets now cover four blocks of Main Street, as well as Front Street.
“The success that has been generated out of the market the last few years has been enormous,” said Haddad.
The public voting part of the competition continues until Sept. 23 and Milton is encouraging Pentictonites to vote as often as possible.
“You can vote from every device, every hour. That’s not cheating, you are honestly allowed to vote once every hour,” said Milton.
“We are looking for as much community involvement as possible. We will need lots of it to make the vote happen.”