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Multifunctional parklet coming to downtown Courtenay

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Pandemic recovery efforts will now be aided by a parklet in downtown Courtenay.

The structure will have modular shelters, seating, photos and interpretive signage to show the history of the area, according to a press release from Island Coastal Economic Trust. They also say food trucks, musicians, merchants and farmers markets will be able to use the space.

The area will be located on 4th Street in the downtown core, adjacent to the Courtenay Museum, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre and a collection of other businesses including coffee shops and breweries.

Courtenay mayor Bob Wells says the parklet will help build an image in the downtown and bring benefits back to businesses.

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“Characterizing 4th Street as a Market Street will help build a unique identity for the City’s downtown and offer much-needed benefits to businesses, visitors and residents alike,” said Wells. “We wanted a reusable, cost-efficient and durable structure with the ability to rebuild on various site locations. This project meets our design goal of accommodating multiple functions and will be a versatile community asset.”

The area will have eight, free-standing cedar and metal bracket cubes attached to recycled wood decking and an aluminum frame.

Funding for the project has come through the THRIVE Small Capital Program. The program, launched in May, is designed to promote districts, main streets and businesses in the area.,

Funding support of up to $50,000 is available because of a joint partnership between Tourism Vancouver Island and the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains tourism region, according to the release.

The project is set to begin shortly, however, a specific date was not given.

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