Input on Park, Webster Street Changes Sought

Input on Park, Webster Street Changes Sought

The city invites the public to provide feedback on the Commercial Streets Program to help the city decide what’s next for streets transformed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes included the introduction of parklets.

Tabling events will take place on this Saturday, July 17, and an online survey is available through Sunday. The survey, event details, and more about the program are at: www.AlamedaCA.gov/CommercialStreets.

Beginning in April 2020, the City designed and implemented multiple efforts to support our businesses and the community through the pandemic. Collectively, these efforts make up the Commercial Streets program.

Restriping on both Park and Webster streets has meant fewer travel lanes. Pedestrian bulbouts, parklets and short-term parking for pick-up and drop-off have all put a new face on the streets, as has the city allowing outdoor dining and retail in private parking areas.

The City Council approved these changes but only until Oct. 31. City staff are now comprehensively evaluating the impacts of the changes, and are soliciting input from residents, employees, businesses and visitors.

The community can share their opinions via the online survey, which has already received more than 1,000 responses, or by attending an upcoming event. The survey will close at the end of Sunday, July 18.

The City’s Transportation Commission will hear staff’s recommendations for next steps and make their recommendation to the City Council at their July 28 meeting. The Council will consider the item in September.

Upcoming Commercial Streets events and meetings

 Tabling at the Farmers’ Market, 710 Haight Ave, Saturday, July 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

 Tabling at Alameda Avenue at Park Street, this Saturday, July 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.

 Transportation Commission meeting, Wednesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.