A new pilot program is coming to the Perry downtown area, where a few businesses will have the option of coming outside a little further.

The “streeteries and parklets” initiative was recently approved by the Perry City Council, and it involves allowing businesses to extend their outdoor seating into parking spaces. City Administrator Sven Peterson says the participants will construct a kind of raised platform on the street right-of-way, which is designed to give them more occupancy while maintaining proper social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Peterson says the City will be giving the program a try through the end of next summer, and he’s curious what the reception will be over the next 18 or so months.

“Be on the lookout for those popping up over the next couple of months, and allowing for some extra outdoor seating area as things start to return to normal and people start venturing out. I think this will also be a great asset for the community to show some vitality downtown and encourage people to come back downtown after being cooped up at home for so long. But also, I’ve been noticing that the bike trail is really busy with out of towners, and it’s a great way to engage those bicyclists and other tourists and visitors to our community to partake in some of those downtown businesses and enjoy the life in Perry.”

Peterson adds, there is availability for four downtown businesses to create a parklet or streeterie, and he’s hopeful that if the program is successful they can invite more to partake. To learn more about this and other City of Perry topics, click the link below to listen to the recent Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program with Peterson.