Can PARK(ing) Day Play a Role in Combating COVID-19?
As shops and restaurants reopen under mandated social distancing guidelines, limiting the number of customers they can serve, they have begun expanding operations to nearby outdoor spaces to create additional capacity. Often, nearby sidewalks and curbs fall under the public right-of-way, so the process to convert them to usable, expanded space can be difficult. Downtown retail establishments and restaurants cannot afford to wait for complicated codes and ordinances to be researched, rewritten, debated in the public realm, and approved by political leaders.
In an article for IPMI’s Parking & Mobility publication, Kimley-Horn’s Michael Connor and Brian Bartholomew discuss how retailers and restaurants—especially those in urban settings—can expedite outdoor placemaking efforts by learning from processes put in place during PARK(ing) Day, an annual nationwide event where metered parking spaces are temporarily transformed into small parks for public use. As participants in the event, many communities have already gone through the public research, vetting, and pilot program process to develop approved guidelines for effective temporary installations in the public right-of-way.
Read this month’s issue of Parking & Mobility to learn how communities across the nation are using PARK(ing) Day processes to accommodate social distancing and enhance patronage to their local shops and restaurants.
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