Ottawa 2017 event to take up dozens of Byward Market parking spaces

By Ted Raymond, CFRA News, April 24, 2017

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event is under construction in the Byward Market, but it already has people talking.

But it’s not so much about the event, which is still a month away, but about the land it’s using: prime, downtown parking spaces on York Street.“Inspiration Village” features 41 shipping containers that will be transformed into mini-stages with interactive displays that highlight all of Canada’s provinces and territories. The Village will be open from May 20 to September 4. It will take over a stretch of York Street, from Sussex Drive to the Byward Market Square.

The Byward Market BIA is expecting a boost in tourism because of Inspiration Village.

Some businesses, like the Urban Barn, tell CTV Ottawa they’re hoping to cash in on the increased foot traffic.

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