It may not look like it out there today, but patio season is coming up. The City of Lethbridge is continuing its outdoor patio, parklets and street vending program. The program which began in 2018, received positive feedback from both the business community and customers. A city official says the program adds additional support to the businesses in the downtown core during the summer months.
“A lot of these businesses have been kind of scrapping by obviously trying to balance out all the different restrictions over the last two years. One of the constance has been the vility to sit outside and serve people food outside. Especially in the downtown or our urban core, there’s not a whole lot of room, there’s not parking lots, there’s not those types of spaces for them to expand out, so the use of the city sidewalk and in the case of a parklet, the city street, the city has really been able to support those businesses and facilitate them to continue to you know doing what they do,” said Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager for the City of Lethbridge.
Any business interested in expanding their seating for the summer will be required to have a permit. More information can be found on the city’s website.