The Laneway Project in Kelowna has come a long way since green plastic balls and fishing line back in 2014! In 2017 the BCSLA Interior Chapter and other stakeholders officially LaUNCHED the Laneway with a soft opening of the space. With food provided from local restaurants, free popsicles, and a local jazz quartet the space was abuzz with music, laughter and great conversation. Many of our allied professionals showed up, included a good contingent from the City of Kelowna. Numerous locals discovered the space for the first time as did many out of towners on this fading end of last summer summer. The rear of the space was opened recently as detailed below!
In the News - Kelowna Capital News
The unique Kelowna Laneway Canteen has opened in the laneway on Bernard Avenue beside Earl’s. The laneway project was intended to take a lost, under-utilized urban space and revitalize it, creating an active and vibrant community space. The project took a group effort including the City of Kelowna (Ben Walker, MBCSLA), Meiklejohn Architects (Stoke Tonne and Jim Meiklejohn), BC Society of Landscape Architects (Rob Fershau, MBCSLA), Downtown Kelowna Association (former executive director Peggy Athans). Sawchuk Developments (Gord Sandrin), Earl’s Restaurants (Brad Attwood) who are the Laneway Canteen operators and property owner Bill Scutt. This project was a labour of love on the part of the fantastic BCSLA Interior Chapter led by the tireless Rob Fershau. Read more here!
Thanks to the BCSLA volunteers and all our friends for the time and energy invested over the last few years in creating this playful little space. Now for the next one!