Downtown Vernon market gets the green light

Council grants approval but some reservations remain about the event

The Avenue Market is a go for a second year.

Vernon council gave the Downtown Vernon Association approval Monday to host the Friday market within four blocks of 30th Avenue Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m. June 12 to Sept. 18.

“More feet on the street increases the perception of safety and adds to the vibrancy,” said Dina Mostat, DVA member services co-ordinator.

The Downtown Vernon Association says 93 per cent of businesses favour a return of the Avenue Market on 30th Avenue.

On March 25, city council insisted that merchants in that area be surveyed for support before a final decision is made on approving the market for two blocks on either side of 32nd Street.

Some councillors indicated that they had heard from merchants that the market created competition for them and negatively impacted customer parking.

Those concerns still remained Monday, and council has instructed city staff to survey merchants in October about their acceptance of the market.

“We’ve been getting some really upset people because it’s impacting their business,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.

See Wednesday’s Morning Star for more details.