The Downtown Penticton Association will be partying on the street and newly-named boulevard this Saturday.
On Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. the Front 2 Backstreet Bash invites the public to join the City of Penticton and DPA for the official dedication of the street name change that will include a number of events.
“The City of Penticton is pleased to celebrate a new era for the downtown, as we officially designate the new Backstreet Boulevard,” said deputy mayor Wes Hopkin. “Revitalization happens in many ways and Backstreet merchants are injecting new life into their part of Downtown Penticton.”
The Front 2 Backstreet Bash: Where Food, Art and Nature Meet invites residents and visitors to drop by Front Street and the new Backstreet Boulevard (Westminster Avenue East) for a variety of activities, food and entertainment.
“This area of downtown Penticton is home to a number of unique merchants and services and is a hidden gem in our community,” said Kerri Milton, executive director of the DPA.
The event coincides with the first day of the salmon spawning season and Judy George, a Penticton Indian Band Elder, will hold a ceremonial blessing at the salmon spawning statue at 2 p.m. Following on the nature theme of the celebration there will be a creek walk and talk by Randy Manuel, who will discuss the launch of the Penticton Creek Restoration Project and an open house will be held by the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association.
On the arts front music will be played by DJ Shakes beside Burger 55 and Michael Musclow on Front Street. Guided tours of the ReImagine Art Festival murals and heritage buildings will be held and for the kids free bouncy castles and face painting.
Food will be available by donation at the event and vendors will be on site.