The Town of Bloomsburg Community and Economic Committee is looking for businesses that would be interested in a parklet in front of their business. If there are enough interested businesses the Committee will move forward on establishing a policy and ordinance to regulate this program. PennDOT approves the parklet permit that has to be submitted through the municipality for businesses that are along PennDOT roads. PennDOT has established a set of design guidelines that require a parklet to be constructed to specific standards to be placed on a state-owned highway.
Parklets by definition are small public parks that aim to improve the pedestrian experience in urban neighborhoods to create safer, cleaner, greener, friendlier, and more walkable communities. Parklets are usually installed within the area of a single parking space, extending the sidewalk outward to provide seating for local foot traffic. Parklets offer a place for the general public to stop and rest while visiting a local neighborhood or downtown area. In many cases parklet hosts partner with local artists, musicians, and businesses to offer a range of family-friendly activities in an area that would otherwise not have space for such events. Note, due to parklets being considered public parks, alcohol is not permitted. Table service from nearby restaurants is not permitted.
Due to budget constraints, most municipalities place the cost of parklet structures, maintenance, placement and removal, etc. on the host or permittee. The Town is currently gathering additional information on the program to present at the next Community and Economic Committee meeting being held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. Interested businesses should contact Town Hall at (570) 784-7123 and express your interest with your business name and address. For additional information please visit the Town of Bloomsburg website at: bloomsburgpa.org and visit the right-hand recent news release labeled “Are you interested in a parklet?”