PASADENA, Calif.—One of Pasadena’s most well-known streets, Colorado Boulevard, will get a makeover starting this Saturday, July 11, as it becomes the first location in the city to offer outdoor dining in city streets. The State of California’s recent directive to limit dining indoors has resulted in the expansion of outdoor dining a priority for local governments and restaurateurs.
The City has been working with The Playhouse Village and Old Pasadena Management District to identify where street closures should take place to best facilitate outdoor, on-street dining. The first of several partial street closures will go into effect this Saturday. Community members can expect to see partial street closures in the following areas:
- Colorado Boulevard between Madison and El Molino Avenues (north and south curb)
- Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues (south curb only)
Starting Friday, July 10, crews will be out reconfiguring these street segments to allow for one lane of travel in each direction and will include a limited number of diagonal parking spaces to support curbside pickup operations. Transit services will continue on their designated routes, with bus stops within these street segments relocated to nearby temporary bus stops.
The City will continue working to advance plans for additional on-street dining opportunities and is anticipating the following partial street closures to be in place by July 25, if not sooner:
- Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Oak Knoll Avenues
- Colorado Boulevard between Oak Knoll and Hudson Avenues (south curb only)
- Green Street between Pasadena and De Lacey Avenues (north curb/half block)
- Green Street between De Lacey and Raymond Avenues (south curb)
- Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues (north curb)
- Colorado Boulevard between Raymond Avenue and Arroyo Parkway (north curb/no parking)
With the governor’s most recent health order restricting indoor, sit-down dining, but allowing for outdoor sit-down dining, the need for restaurants to identify outdoor seating areas has been a priority. The City’s transportation department has developed guidelines that allow for restaurants or Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to apply for an outdoor dining permit. The new Temporary On-Street Dining Application can be accessed on the planning department’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/planning/permit-center/covid-19-reopening.
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