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Breaking Common Ground

The Downtown Duncan BIA (DDBIA), with funding from the City Of Duncan and Island Coastal Economic Trust, is pleased to announce the opening of the Station Street Common on Tuesday, July 7th

To start, this open air food court will run from Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am-7pm. Menus for local restaurants can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the tables. Or you can pick up some take-out from the Depot Dawgs and other vendors at the Duncan Farmers’ Market and bring it over to the Common to eat!

This space is self-serve, which means that after ordering food you will need to pick it up yourself. An on-site host is present to manage physical distancing and sanitation protocols. There are also life-size game sets including a checkers board with wooden dowels which are cleaned between each use.

Inspired by the piazzas of Paris and Rome, this pop-up dining spot has taken over the greenspace at 85 Station Street, known as Station Street Park. The vacant grassy lawn has been transformed into a park space resplendent with roses, boxwood and dappled willows, red umbrellas, and teal bistro sets until September 1st.

While enjoying convenient access to takeaway orders from your favourite downtown Duncan restaurants and cafes, you can also listen to a live stream of the 39 Days of July music! From folksy tunes to world beat jams, the online music festival is full of indie acts worth tuning in for this year, including many based right here on Vancouver Island. This way you can support your local music scene while enjoying local food.

This project came about because restaurants have been mandated to reduce the capacity of indoor seating in order to maintain mandatory social distancing rules. This, of course, has put additional challenges in place on the journey to economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown. Ordering take-out from local restaurants is a great way to enjoy a meal and show support for your community and economic recovery. In addition to this, outdoor dining has been shown to have a significantly lower risk of virus transmission.

The Station Street Common also presents an opportunity for the Cowichan Valley community to think about the kinds of spaces we would like to see in our capital and other parts of the region. The City of Duncan recently invited the public to weigh in on a place-making initiative for the grassy space at 85 Station Street that has been temporarily transformed into a pop up food court. Some of the ideas on the table for the future of this park are super exciting, including a new stage and water installations. What would you like to see happen in the Cowichan Valley in the coming months and years?

While dreaming of future community projects and contributing to the local economic recovery effort, we hope you find the time to come downtown and visit Station Street Common to enjoy a meal, a snack or even just a coffee in the beautiful sunshine! From four berry crepes at Ironworks Café and Creperie to spicy panang curry from Sai Thai, downtown Duncan offers a wonderful range of flavours for you to sample in the Common!

Amanda Vance

Executive Director

Downtown Duncan BIA


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