There’s a new lane in downtown Victoria.
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It’s actually been there all along, but now, the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the Greater Victoria Public Library want to bring it to your attention.
And so, they’ve teamed up, to create ‘Library Lane.’
The Mayor of Victoria, Lisa Helps, is delighted with the beautified connector. “I love Fort Street, I love the library, and to have ‘Library Lane’ connecting the two places is just – it’s incredible.”
With banners, planters, and artwork, those involved hope ‘Library Lane’ will draw people to the downtown branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.
“The library is” says Helps “…feels like it’s waaaay over there, but now, with ‘Library Lane,’ it’s just a short pleasant stroll from Fort Street across to the library with places to stop and stay in the sunshine in ‘Library Lane.'”
The CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library, Maureen Sawa, agrees.
“There’s so much great activity over on Fort Street” says Sawa, “wonderful businesses – the library staff certainly make this trek a lot – and it seemed like a great opportunity to establish a public place, a more appealing area for people that are coming out of the library and want to sit and read a book, and maybe eat something from Fort Street and vice versa, and just to generate a little bit more awareness that there is a pathway from Fort to Broughton Street.”
The Library’s graphic designer, Susie Jones, created the bright, alluring posters for the project, and gushes that it was “hugely fun, and also interesting to be part of seeing my work ‘huge!’ It’s really gratifying! Feels great!”
Explaining her design, Jones says “I think we were going for diversity of people and diversity of interests, and a little bit of fun, a little bit of magic, and perhaps nothing too “lecture-y” – more just like whimsy!”