Supporting our Service Industry
We are proud to announce the official debut of our pilot parklet program! Parklets are an urban planning technique in which street parking is turned into outdoor seating areas.
This program was conceived as a creative solution to support our downtown eateries as we enter Phase 2 of COVID-19 reopening.
Our parklet program was conceived as a creative solution to support our downtown eateries as we enter Phase 2 of reopening. In Phase 2, Vancouver restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are able to host dine-in service, but only at 50% capacity for table seating. These outdoor seating areas will help mitigate the impacts of the 50% occupancy constraint that restaurants face during Washington’s phased reopening.
Vancouver’s Downtown Association is providing technical assistance funded by federal CDBG dollars to assist businesses with expanding their outdoor sidewalk cafés and parklet areas.
For assistance with designing your Street Eats area in Downtown or Uptown Village, including plans, budget and implementation information to replicate current pilot locations, please contact [email protected]
Parklet / Sidewalk Café Grant Program
VDA launched a grant program to reimburse businesses a portion of their incurred costs for:
- Constructing a parklet
- Expanding outdoor café seating
- Winterization of outdoor seating areas
***GRANT FUNDS HAVE BEEN EXPENDED***
This grant pool was limited and was on a first come first serve basis, if you are interested in receiving a reimbursement please contact [email protected] to be added to a wait list contingent on future funding opportunities.