Puyallup is Open(Air) Pilot Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented economic impacts on all types of businesses, with restaurants and retail being some of the first to close and some of the last to reopen at full capacity. As vehicle traffic and parking use has substantially decreased as a result of the pandemic, the City of Puyallup is exploring how we can use existing assets differently by opening the right-of-way as a safe way for our local businesses and the community to come back to downtown.
Open-air dining and shopping offers the community a way to enjoy the outdoors while supporting local business. Outdoor areas are likely to be popular as the warmer summer months approach and would provide the area needed for businesses to adhere to social distancing while maintaining feasible occupancy levels. Outdoor dining and shopping will bring much-needed vitality to our city’s shopping and dining districts and help us move our City forward.
Thus, the City has created the Puyallup is OPEN(Air) Pilot Program, to start on June 30, 2020 and end on October 31, 2021.
Four program options will be available for businesses to choose from, based on location and what is most feasible for their establishment.
- Temporary Sidewalk Cafe
- Temporary Parklet/Curbside Cafe or Market
- Temporary Retail & Dining Pop Ups
- Temporary Street Cafe
Parklets are located in a parking space (parallel or angled) in the right-of-way. A barrier from traffic is required. They function as an extension to an existing restaurant’s seating area or retail store. Parklets are permitted during regular operating business hours of the host establishment.
Retail pop-ups can be on either private or city-owned property, in designated parking lots or on an abutting sidewalk to the establishment. They function to increase the capacity of a single retail store or host several establishments, safely, in one location. Pop-ups may operate outside of regular operating business hours of the host establishment(s).
Temporary street cafes function as an extension to an existing restaurant’s seating area and are permitted during regular operating business hours of the host establishment. Street or alley closures (full or partial) are required and approved on a case-by-case basis through a site visit. A Special Events Permit is required.