Main Street will soon be lined with parklets.
The Longmont Downtown Development Association, or LDDA, has begun installation of parklets between Second and Sixth avenues along Main Street.
The first set can be seen on the east side of the 500 block of Main Street, serving the Pumphouse Brewery, The Roost, Mike O’Shea’s and Scrumptious.
“When we had the barriers last year it was really helpful at limited capacity,” said Courtney Kizewski, a manager at the Pumphouse Brewery. “We’re just excited to be back full throttle, and it gives us more outdoor space. Everyone’s excited for more patio seating.”
The parklets will be used and decorated by each of the businesses they serve, from outdoor seating to waiting areas, according to Del Rae Heiser of the LDDA.
“We heard a lot from our surveys that businesses wanted more outdoor seating anyways after COVID,” Heiser said. “It’s additional exposure for the businesses to be out on the street like that.”
The next round of parklets will be put into place outside Jefe's Tacos & Tequila, Dickens 300 Prime and Crackpots on June 23. More installations will come as the parklets are manufactured, with the complete rollout set to finish the first week of July. The parklets will stay out for businesses to use through October, weather depending. The parklets will then be placed in storage until the following spring.
“There’s a lot more vibrancy downtown now. People like seeing other people out having fun, so if they’re outside with these parklets I hope people will want to check it out,” Heiser said.