On June 19, 2020, the City launched its Commercial Streets program, approved by the City Council at their May 19, 2020 meeting with the strong support of Alameda’s major business associations. The program streamlines the permit approval process for expanding dining and retail into new parklets (using parking spaces) and the sidewalks. It also includes repurposing the roadway along core parts of Park and Webster Streets to greatly increase the area available for outdoor dining, retail and services. City staff worked closely with the Downtown Area Business Association (DABA) and the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) to develop this new program, which supports the health of our businesses and the community.
*Updates as of March 2021*
On the night of April 1st, the City will restripe Park Street from Encinal Avenue to Clinton Street, extending existing Park Street roadway changes to the south. Between Encinal and San Jose, the street will be restriped similar to the section to the north, with space for outdoor dining and retail added along the western curb, 2-lanes instead of 4-lanes, parking, and a left turn pocket at San Jose. Between San Jose and Clinton, the street will transition to match the 2-lanes with one center turn lane further south on Park Street.
In addition, the City will add additional bollards and flex-posts to better demarcate the parklet areas and the no parking zones on both Park and Webster Streets. This work is expected to be completed on Friday, April 2. The City will also upgrade the parking signage, making it clearer where parking is restricted to 15 minutes for pick-up and drop-off only, in support of restaurants and retail establishments offering to-go or pick up options.
Bicycle parking will also be installed in select former parking spaces on Park and Webster Streets by May. All bus stops will continue to remain in place.
To date, the City has issued over 25 parklet permits and 6 sidewalk seating permits.