Patio program back for another summer – Lake Superior News

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~ April 9, 2022 (LSNews) The Temporary Patio Program allows eligible bars, restaurants and retail businesses to use part of a sidewalk, roadway, public property or private parking lot to operate if the City’s criteria are met. respected.

“The City is once again providing the opportunity for businesses to expand their outdoor space during our warmer months,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “With little to no cost to businesses, this program can help some of the financial hardship associated with the pandemic.”

In 2021, there were 63 approved temporary patios on city streets and sidewalks, as well as those in parking lots. This is an increase from the 38 approved in 2020.

Applicants wishing to use municipal lands are required to meet certain specifications and enter into an agreement with the City. In addition, the use of part of the private parking lots for outdoor terraces must be registered with the City.

Businesses that do not have the necessary equipment to create their own terrace, such as traffic barriers and picnic tables, may be able to borrow them from the City. There is a limited supply available.

Patio possibilities include:

  • Patios in private parking lots, on other hard surfaces or in municipal parking lots (no time limit)
  • Pop-up patio structures in the parking lane (application deadline is April 30, 2022)
  • Patio space in the parking driveway directly on the asphalt where accessibility standards can be met (Application deadline is April 30, 2022)
  • Sidewalk terraces (no time limit)
  • Possible street closures to allow food zones on streets provided by local business/business improvement associations

For more information on patio bylaws, or to register or create a temporary patio, visit:

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