Parking spots will turn into expanded outdoor dining space this Labor Day weekend in Georgetown

This draft plan shows which parking spaces would remain open and which would be temporarily closed. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
This draft plan shows which parking spaces would remain open and which would be temporarily closed. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

This draft plan shows which parking spaces would remain open and which would be temporarily closed. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

Georgetown will close select on-street downtown parking Labor Day weekend in order to expand outdoor dining spaces.

This will serve as a test pilot, staff said at the Aug. 11 city council workshop. The idea came about because social distancing and lower occupancy requirements are in place for retail businesses and restaurants, and expanding outdoor pedestrian space could result in more patrons.

Businesses in other areas of the city can utilize their parking lots for expanded space, but downtown businesses are limited due to public parking and right of way, staff said, adding that crowding on the sidewalks is dangerous and can discourage patronage.

No special license will be required for businesses to participate and use the closed parking spots for more seating over Labor Day weekend. The city will manage it, and the estimated cost for the pilot is $4,000 for traffic control and signage.

A longer-term solution is also in the works, staff said, in which the city would regularly close off streets while ensuring the safety and function of the roadways. That solution would likely cost about $8,500.


The final program will come before council Aug. 25 for approval.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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