The Community Association of Oak Bay and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network are partnering to promote public conversations about Oak Bay’s public spaces and how to make them more safe, attractive, enjoyable and more engaging for public use.
They will be hosting displays and conversation starters on the front lawn of the municipal hall during the monthly night markets in the Oak Bay Village from June through September.
At the first night market on June 13, the association will be joined by students from Tim Murphy’s Grade 5 class at Willows School, as they show and tell about their ideas for improvements to the Cadboro Bay road corridor by their school. The students will attend between 4 and 6 p.m. with their handmade diorama of the busy traffic corridor to discuss how they think it could be made safer and more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists of all ages.
Oak Bay residents are invited to come out and meet the students and learn about their creative proposals and how they came up with these great ideas.
The second Wednesday of the month June through September, Oak Bay Village is transformed into a European style street market. The Oak Bay BIA hosts its first street market of the season on Wednesday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m..
A wide range of fresh and local produce and food is available. Artists and artisans showcase a variety of wares including wood turned bowls, hand made greeting cards, glass art, paper casting, fabric arts, jewellery, toys, fresh made soaps and cosmetics and preserves. The stores of Oak Bay merchants are open with special pricing, tastings, demos, sampling and more.
Each market also offers local music, a magician, face painting and balloon animals.
In 2018 the markets will be held on June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12.