Paving stones removed as part of the Penticton downtown revitalization project are up for sale.

Paving stones removed as part of the Penticton downtown revitalization project are up for sale.

Downtown paving stones up for sale

City has nearly 1,700 square meters of pavers available for people who want a piece of history

Ever wonder what happens to all those paving stones they are tearing up in downtown Penticton and replacing with new ones?

The City of Penticton wants you to know that you can buy a piece of those old walkways for yourself. Paving stones salvaged from work done on sidewalks during the first phase of the downtown revitalization project are going on sale later this month.

“Downtown revitalization is designed to inject energy and create a positive impact in our commercial core. Salvaging and selling downtown Penticton paving stones mean the project’s ripple effects will continue throughout Penticton,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “The paver sale is an affordable opportunity for residents to revitalize their own backyards.”

Approximately 1,660 square metres of paver bricks have been salvaged from work done along Westminster Avenue and Martin Street. The city yards facility does not have room for storage, and rather than discard them, a four-day sale is planned to clear inventory. Some of the pavers are already headed to a good home, with a small amount donated to the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, near Oliver. Lauren Meads, SORCO’s executive director, said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time, and the pavers will be used to help finish off work on their new clinic.

SORCO contacted the city earlier this year about acquiring some paving stones to build a path around one of their buildings to improve access to an eagle pen.

Paving stones are available for $75 per pallet — with approximately 280 to 300 bricks per pallet — on a first-come, first-served basis and are being sold as-is, where-is with no exceptions or substitutions. Sales will be cash only and people are asked to bring exact change. The sale starts Friday, May 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 from 7 a.m. to noon, and continues the following Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, at the same times. Sales are only permitted during those dates and times.