Council discusses potential for permanent “parklet” program
Carpinteria City Council entertained two motions on Monday surrounding the city’s “parklet,” or Covid-19 outdoor business permit, program.
The program allows Carpinteria businesses to use city-right-of-way and private outdoor areas, such as parking lots, for dining or other activities during the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting open-air space. The council initially waved the program in on May 21, 2020.
On the first item, the council unanimously voted to extend the temporary Covid-19 outdoor business permits until June 30, 2022. It was previously set to expire at the end of this calendar year.
“We’re all in this together – anything we can do to help the businesses in Carpinteria,” Carty said.
On the second item, the council heard from Tom Miracle from TKM engineering. Miracle presented notes on what a permanent city “parklet” program could look like, offering up several models from other cities with permanent “parklet” programs and potential programs with a permanent program in Carpinteria.
“Parklets are not a new thing by any stretch of the imagination,” he said, noting that during Covid-19, “a lot more cities implemented them.”
Permanent “parklets” in Carpinteria would all be similar models that would be previously approved by the city, to create a uniform look. They would need to be modular, for cleaning and other purposes.
Clark expressed concern with the look of the current “parklets” downtown.
“Right now, I think Linden looks ugly. But I support it because it’s Covid,” Clark said.
Mayor Nomura brought up the possibility of expanding the “parklet” program outside of the downtown T.
Staff will work on an ordinance to bring back to the council at a future meeting.