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Maple Ridge city hall invites applications for curbside patios

More outdoor seating to be created in downtown
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The City of Maple Ridge is once again taking applications for curbside patios. (The News files)

Parking-spot patios will be returning to downtown Maple Ridge this summer.

City restaurants and pubs are invited to apply for the City of Maple Ridge’s new Seasonal Curbside Patio Program, which the city intends to add “vibrancy and energy to city streets and public spaces.”

The temporary patio program was rolled out during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist businesses with outdoor seating. The Seasonal Curbside Patio Program encourages businesses to expand their outdoor spaces, offering more dining options and greater seating capacity, while encouraging increased economic benefits.

“We’re thrilled to launch this program which supports local businesses and adds vibrancy to our community by creating an atmosphere where people can gather, socialize and enjoy our beautiful city,” said Mayor Dan Ruimy. “I encourage local businesses to apply to expand their outdoor spaces.”

The city’s patio design guidelines offer four standard designs, as well as accessibility guidelines and construction requirements. Options are as simple as placing tables and chairs in front of a business, and as complex as building a semi-permanent patio on a sidewalk or parking space. Two of the patio options may be left open year-round with city staff approval.

There were some popular patios in parking places on 224th Street near Dewdney Trunk Road.

“Curbside patios offer an excellent opportunity for local businesses – including restaurants, cafes, and bars – to expand their seating options and provide an outdoor experience for their customers,” said Tyler Westover, director of economic development.

“We saw with the temporary program, how much life curbside patios added to our city. This new program will allow us to keep that going while also ensuring safety, accessibility, and design standards are met.”

The program is open to food and service businesses wishing to use public property like sidewalks or parking lanes for an outdoor patio. Applications must include a patio plan, business information, and a certificate of insurance.

Program details:

• Applications open on Feb. 1

• Spaces can operate between April 1 and Oct. 31 of each year

• Businesses must be located in an approved zone

• Businesses will be notified of approvals by March 15

• All patios must be removed at the end of the season, with some exceptions

For more information visit mapleridge.ca

Email patios@mapleridge.ca if you have questions or need help with your application.

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