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City of Kelowna to revisit designs for new entry, signature signs

The City of Kelowna is in the process of designing a new entry sign in the north end of the city as well as a new “signature” sign.

Next week, city staff will be providing an update to city council on the process of designing and constructing the two signs.

Kelowna’s former northern city sign was removed to accommodate improvements for a larger intersection in the area.

Another site located further north on Highway 97 between Ellison Lake and Old Vernon Road was determined by the city, and agreed to by the BC Ministry of Transportation, says a report.

In 2020, a public art concept was prepared but the design proposal and selection process was not endorsed by the council at the time.

Now, four years later, the city will be revisiting the process.

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The north entry monument will include the city’s name, municipal colours and other recognizable branding or graphics while capturing “Kelowna’s unique sense-of-place,” a report says.

In November and December 2023, consultants prepared design entries and eight submissions were approved for further review. That was shortlisted to the three-top ranking submissions.

“Ultimately, one entry monument submission was recommended, receiving ninety percent consensus from committee members' votes,” the staff report says.

“Currently, the recommended entry submission is being assessed for constructability and costs, and reviewed for operational and tourism impacts, with all relevant comments and revisions captured prior to presentation to City Council, in August 2024.”

Staff say the north entry sign will become the inspiration for a collection of other comments that would be placed at other entry points to Kelowna like Hwy 97, Hwy 33 and sites like the Rail Trail.

Meanwhile, the signature sign will have a higher-profile and, according to the report, will include freestanding oversized ‘Kelowna’ letters that welcomes travelers to the city.

Over the summer, expression of interest requests for the city’s signature sign will be made public. The top five will be advanced for further peer review.

According to a staff report, designs will be brought back to council in August.

According to the staff report, development of a program, design brief and comprehensive scope of work are being confirmed for the signature sign, including site feasibility studies along the waterfront, site servicing and supportive infrastructure costs.

Kelowna council will review the matter on Monday, June 17.

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