Colville Together is bringing a pilot project to downtown Colville for the summer of 2021: Parklets!
Parklets are public seating areas that convert curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces. The parklets will be in place from June to October.
The intent is to provide additional public spaces during the upcoming construction at Astor and Main Streets (Heritage Court) and to aid in COVID-19 recovery for our downtown businesses as they work with the current restrictions. Parklets will utilize 2 parking spaces and provide seating for approximately 10-15 customers.
Colville Together is excited to involve Main Street businesses and have been asking for their feedback. “I love this idea to support local business and bring more foot traffic downtown.”, expressed one downtown business owner. Colville Together will be measuring the impacts of the parklets throughout the temporary installation to determine if this type of endeavor is a good match for Colville. The key is understanding how pedestrian traffic, downtown business revenues, as well as resident and visitor users are impacted by this project.
Colville Together is collaborating with the Northeast Washington Association of Realtors, the Colville Chamber of Commerce, Tri County Economic Development District, and partnering with the City of Colville and the Washington Department of Transportation to bring our community and visitors these innovative public spaces for the summer of 2021. Funding support for this project is being provided by the Innovia Foundation, Main Street America, the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORS (NEWAR), and the National REALTOR Association.
The parklets will be installed on Friday June 10th AT 9am. We need volunteers to help with the installation in addition to the NEWAR partners who have committed to helping with construction. Please see our Facebook page, @colvilletogether and website, colvilletogether.org, for more details.
The Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday June 12th, at 11:00 am. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as buskers at each parklet to celebrate the successful installation of the parklets.