Just in time for summer the Memorial Plaza in Parksville will show-off all its many improvements and upgrades at a dedication ceremony on July 5.
Memorial Avenue is one of the oldest streets in Parksville, called a living monument to Parksville’s fallen World War One soldiers. It features original century-old memorial elm trees that were planted in 1922 and now 100 years later will continue to honour the memory of the men who lost their lives with new elm trees to be planted this year.
The improvement project includes upgrades to Hirst and Memorial avenues which are all components to the city’s downtown revitalization strategy. Historic Memorial Avenue will feature a new streetscape with one-way vehicle traffic eastbound on Memorial Avenue.
A portion of the upgrades project was funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund and ICBC. Mayor Ed Mayne says, “With this project, Memorial Avenue is transformed from a primarily vehicular corridor to a true people place, complementing the vision for Parksville’s downtown to encourage increased use by residents and visitors and support economic activity.” says Mayor Ed Mayne.
The ceremony is set for Tuesday, July 5 and the market will be open from 6 to 9p.m.