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Parklet opens in downtown Courtenay

More socializing and gathering will be possible with the completion of a new parklet downtown.

The multifunctional and adaptable space is located on 4th Street next to the Courtenay and District Museum.

The project was announced in December 2021 as part of pandemic recovery, according to the City of Courtenay.

The city got a $45,320 grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust and Tourism Vancouver Island to create the space. They say the outdoor area can host a variety of activities, including farmer and artisan markets.

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The area is also located near the Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre and the Florence Filberg Centre.

Courtenay director of public works Kyle Shaw says the new space turns an unused property into a place all residents can enjoy.

“We were really excited when [Island Coastal Economic Trust] launched this funding opportunity for downtown business areas, and the [Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association] has been a great champion for the 4th Street Parklet project,” said Shaw. “The new plaza turns this vacant property into a community asset, adding to the unique character and vibrancy of 4th Street.”

Island Coastal Economic Trust Board chair Aaron Stone says they hope the new space will attract new visitors to the area.

“This multi-use outdoor public space will provide a central space to gather and learn more about Courtenay’s rich history while visiting local businesses,” said Stone. “The 4th Street Parklet is a great example of a collaborative, concept-driven project that will help drive vitality into the downtown core.”

The space, however, may need to be moved in the future. The city says they hold a memorandum of understanding with the Courtenay and District Historical Society that could see the museum expand into this location.

Those interested in booking space for events should contact Courtenay Recreations at the Lewis Centre or Florence Filberg Centre.

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