GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A feature of downtown Grants Pass adopted during the height of COVID-19 shutdowns will remain in place for at least the next several months, city officials said on Tuesday.
"Parklets" were adopted after Governor Brown shut down indoor dining, allowing a number of small restaurants to extend their seating out into the parking lane of downtown streets so that they could host customers outdoors. The program was extended in September of 2020 by popular demand.
The parklet addendum to Sidewalk Cafe Permits is no longer in effect, the City said in a statement. The addendum authorized the use of parklet space for a temporary period due to Brown's restrictions, which ended at midnight on June 30. Regardless there are plans in place to keep the parklets going for the short term, and possibly on a more permanent basis.
"Due to the popularity of the outdoor dining feature, the Grants Pass City Council has directed city staff to explore and evaluate the feasibility and design of potential permanent parklets for the future," the City said.
City staff were instructed to return to the council with details for parklet options "at a future date."