Castanet.net published a letter to the editor from Robert Fershau, BCSLA Interior Chapter Chair, featuring the Laneway Project in Kelowna, BC.
On a December evening in 2011, two local landscape architects met for a beverage after presenting at a Petchakucha event at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The theme of that event was Innovation in Architecture and Urban Design. One presentation in particular struck a chord with these two designers – it was a discussion of streetscapes and laneways by a local architect.
Fast forward to 2017. The success of the last two installations, and strong support and advocacy within the City of Kelowna and local business owners led to the approval of a permanent urban park. Our BCSLA volunteers worked with a small team of local consultants who also donated their time to develop a full set of design drawings which included improvements to drainage, paving, planting and electrical work. And the project is now under construction, anticipated to be open in early July!
The BCSLA and its members would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project, the many hours spent in meetings, on design and in the monitoring of the construction. We look forward to our next installation – and we hope you do to!