Application to Create a Parklet in Bethlehem
Mayor Robert J. Donchez announced an opportunity to create more activity on the streets and improve the quality of life in Bethlehem’s commercial corridors by unveiling a parklet request for proposals. Bethlehem will be offering the opportunity to create small curbside extensions, referred to as parklets, in commercial areas so that outdoor seating can be installed in areas where the existing sidewalks or public right of way is too narrow to allow for outdoor seating.
Bethlehem continues to look at new and innovative ways to maintain and grow vibrant street life in downtown and commercial areas. Parklets are installed on parking lanes and convert several parking spaces to allow for streetscape seating that contributes to active and vibrant community space.
Bethlehem will be accepting applications for proposed parklets in 2017 as a pilot program for the new year. Applications are available on the city website, www.bethlehem-pa.gov. Applications will be accepted until 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 15. The applications will be reviewed by an internal committee to select a few parklet locations throughout the downtowns.
We invite all interested business owners or property owners in the core areas of the City to submit an application if they are interested.
Mayor Donchez said, “This is an innovative way for the City of Bethlehem to encourage more activity on our downtown streets. We look forward to working with downtown property and business owners on this pilot program.”