Medford business owner reacts to permanent parks
MEDFORD, Oregon – After unanimous agreement, the Medford Parklets are here to stay! Medford City Council passed the ordinance on Thursday evening. Starting October 1, businesses will be able to request expanded outdoor seating.
Businesses will be allowed to use one to two parking spaces, with up to four parklets per block. Dennis Clark owns Jefferson Spirits and has just purchased Bricktowne Brewing Company.
He says that with the ordinance, people should expect to see more parklets around town.
“When you walk past you don’t always notice what’s behind the doors, but when people are sitting here having fun you notice it and it really brings a vibe to the city center that he hadn’t before, ”Clark said.
Parklets must be adjacent to the business and be used for meals or community spaces.
For any business that has a temporary parking permit, which expires on May 1 of next year.
NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is from Burbank. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in sports affairs. While at U of O, she was a member of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also developed her passion for sport through an internship within the PAC 12 network.
When Jenna isn’t in the newsroom, you may find her rooted for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or gorging on the latest version of Netflix.