GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The City of Grants Pass has decided to extend its "parklet" program, which allows restaurants in the city to provide outdoor dining in parking areas along the side of the street.
City Manager presented the extension proposal to the city council on Monday. Public surveys and petitions showed support for the program, the City said in a statement.
“This is just a couple of days of asking customers,” said Cubic, referring to 240 or more signatures he presented from one petition circulated by local restaurants.
The "Dine in the District Economic Development Recovery Program" began on June 18, allowing qualifying restaurants within the central business district to convert on-street parking into a seating area for customers.
“It is the intent of the city to assist and support the small businesses impacted by the current pandemic and to help them recover, flourish, and remain in Grants Pass. By offering this unique Dine in the District Parklet Program, the city is recognizing the importance of our small businesses and their impact to the stability and vitality of our community,” said Cubic when the program began.
Originally slated to end the week of September 16, the program has been extended for another six weeks.
Cubic said that the extension means "minimal" extra cost for the City, which rented concrete barriers to create the parklets.
"I think it’s a no-brainer to continue it,” said Councilor Valerie Lovelace.
The Grants Pass City Council also asked staff to look into the cost of potentially bringing the parklets back on a seasonal basis, to be determined in future sessions.