Use of Public Space: COVID-19 Response- Re-opening Phase I
Takoma Streetery on Laurel Avenue
In support of Takoma Park’s small businesses, the City Council authorized the closure of the northbound side of Laurel Avenue for outdoor seating, sales, and customer pick-up, beginning June 12, 2020.
The side of Laurel Avenue where the businesses are located is closed to allow for outdoor dining and enjoyment, curbside pickup, and other public uses. The southbound lane of Laurel and the operation of the US Post Office remain unchanged. The Takoma Park Farmers Market is relocated to the parking lot behind the US Post Office for the Sunday market.
Re-purposing Parking Spaces
The City has in place a program for outdoor cafe seating in the public right-of-way, which could be either on sidewalks or in a parking space. Outdoor Cafe Permit
Community Feedback Regarding Street Closures
The City used a survey to collect community feedback on the Laurel Avenue closure, from June to November, 2020. A summary of the survey results is available here.
The travel lane and parking lane on the northbound side of Laurel Avenue are closed with barriers. Signage is installed to announce the road closure and detour around the church. The handicap parking space is relocated across Laurel, on the southbound side. Additional handicap spaces are located across Eastern in DC and in the parking lot behind the Laurel Avenue storefronts. The parking lot entrance is at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues.
December 2, 2020: Council approved an extension of the closure of Laurel Avenue for outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes to September 30, 2021
Resolution 2020-28: Supporting Small Businesses and Advancing Public Health by Allowing the Continued Use of Public and Private Space for Outdoor Seating, Sales, and Customer Pickup
June 3, 2020: Council approved temporary street closures for outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes.
Resolution 2020-13: Supporting Small Businesses and Advancing Public Health by Allowing the Use of Public and Private Space for Outdoor Seating, Sales, and Customer Pickup.