Ross Street Patio will remain open this winter, as a new pilot project launched by The City of Red Deer. The patio, a beloved downtown amenity, was scheduled for seasonal removal earlier this month; the decision to explore a winter patio pilot project is in direct response to advocacy efforts from nearby businesses to retain the patio through the winter.
“We know downtown businesses are struggling as a result of the pandemic and we want to continue our support to help them mitigate the negative affects of COVID-19,” said Bobby-Jo Stannard, Community Development Superintendent. “Extra space provided by the patio allows nearby food and beverage businesses to expand and increase their capacity, while adhering to safety guidelines and restrictions.”
The winter patio pilot project in Red Deer follows decisions by both Calgary and Edmonton to extend their seasonal patio programs amid COVID-19. The project involves a partnership with these businesses that includes maintenance, snow and ice control, litter collection, and programming.
Downtown businesses with seasonal summer patios will be contacted by City staff regarding the option to renew their permit for the winter months.
A comprehensive evaluation will be completed in the spring to evaluate the success of the program and to determine the viability of retaining the patio as a year round amenity.