Summer to Come? – City Extends Pop-up Patio Pilot Project

Thunder Bay News

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THUNDER BAY – It is a sign of summer to come. The City of Thunder Bay will be extending the Pop-Up Patio Pilot until 2020 to allow temporary, seasonal patios and seating areas to be built in front of businesses.

The pilot was originally launched in May 2018. Feedback was then gathered from businesses and the public on how to improve the program, resulting in changes to the program this year.

“The goal of this pilot was to create pedestrian-friendly environments and welcoming street atmospheres throughout the city, and we have received positive comments from businesses in favour of the program,” said Joel DePeuter, Manager of Realty Services.

“Suggestions were also made to help improve the program that we have applied.”

He adds that they are hoping more businesses will apply this year.

This pilot was originally requested by businesses within the Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and Business Association (BA) areas who believe the establishment of pop-up patios would contribute to the attractiveness and vibrancy of the areas, attracting additional visitors and increased spending.

Interested restaurants are invited to submit an application with the endorsement of the relevant BIA or BA for consideration. Applications will be accepted until April 17 at 4 pm.

For more information, and to download the new application package, visit:

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