Downtown businesses ready to deal with street closures for hosting Games

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE - With the Canada Games just weeks away, the city's downtown core is preparing to be the focal point of four major events.
From Aug. 18 to Aug. 21 most of the downtown streets will be closed for the athletic events, which has led to some concern among the core business community and accessibility to their establishments.

SUMMERSIDE - With the Canada Games just weeks away, the city's downtown core is preparing to be the focal point of four major events.
From Aug. 18 to Aug. 21 most of the downtown streets will be closed for the athletic events, which has led to some concern among the core business community and accessibility to their establishments.
Downtown business operators aired their concerns last month at a public hearing called by Ron Casey the director of Downtown Summerside Inc.
Many felt they were not given enough advance notice of the closures and wanted to know why.
There was much finger pointing as to who failed to get the information out since the decision to close the streets was made last December. Casey said both the Canada Games organizers and the City of Summerside knew of the closures and should have made it public.
The hosting of the premier week of Canada Games will bring thousands into the community and to downtown Summerside, and now that the dust has settled from last month's public meeting, work is underway to attract visitors to the downtown.
"We're working on trying to get bleachers downtown to make it the focal point of watching the event," Casey said. "It's going good."
Casey said Canada Games organizers along with his office and the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce sent out e-mails to local businesses informing them what streets will be closed and the hours they will be closed.
Casey said a "wish list" has been sent to the city for things they could do to help bring people downtown during Canada Games week.
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said last week he had not seen any list for aid from the downtown group. He was out of province when the public meeting was called and was miffed at the way the city was portrayed as being the party responsible for not informing the merchants about the street closures.
The mayor added, "As soon as the city found out the streets were going to be closed, we held a meeting with him (Casey) and told him that we were prepared to work with him to help to get large numbers of people downtown. We always support downtown. We always have and we always will."

Street Closures
Summerside will be hosting the 2009 Canada Games and as a result will be imposing restricted access times in the first week of the Games Aug. 17-21:
Monday, Aug. 17
- No closures
Tuesday, Aug. 18
-Triathlon route closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Autumn St. to MacKenzie Drive
- No parking along route from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Autumn St. to MacKenzie Drive
- Controlled pedestrian access across route at
crosswalks
- Controlled vehicular access to parking and
businesses on the south of Water St. through Granville St. extension
Wednesday, Aug. 19
- Cycling criterion route closed to vehicular traffic from 8 to 10 a.m.
- No parking along route from 6 to 10 a.m.
- Controlled pedestrian access across route at
crosswalks
Thursday, Aug. 20
- Cycling road race route closed to vehicular traffic from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
- No parking along route from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Vehicular access to inside the route perimeter (city core) by controlled crossings at Granville St., Central St., and Greenwood Dr.
- Controlled pedestrian access across route at
crosswalks.
- Controlled vehicular access to parking and
businesses on the south of Water St. through Granville St. extension
Friday, Aug. 21
- Triathlon route closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Autumn St. to MacKenzie Drive
- Cycling criterion route closed from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. from Autumn St. to
MacKenzie Drive
- All routes open from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- No parking along route from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Controlled pedestrian access across route at
crosswalks.
- Controlled vehicular access to parking and
businesses on the south of Water St. through Granville St. extension.

Organizations: Canada Games, Downtown Summerside, Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • sc
    June 21, 2010 - 19:05

    Thursday - means that they are following the same route as Tour de PEI - going around the whole city. That's tolerable on a Sunday - but on a week day its going to be chaotic trying to get through those access points to get home!!