Napa businesses are going outdoors in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines through Napa Al Fresco! The City of Napa, in partnership with the Napa Downtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID), and in collaboration with the City of Napa’s Small Business Recovery Task Force, is bringing a new and creative experience to guests. By utilizing outdoor space, guests can enjoy our beautiful weather while maintaining physical distancing.
Napa Al Fresco consists of the following three major programs:
- Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Program: This expedited city-wide permit program lets businesses quickly apply for dining on public (ex. sidewalks) and private property. Non-food based business may also apply!
- Shared Spaces Permit Program: This program allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business for outdoor dining, wine tasting, or other outdoor uses. This program lets businesses quickly transform these spaces into expanded areas for their business.
- Parklet Permit Program: Similar to the Shared Spaces Permit Program, this program allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business. The key difference is that it entails the installation of a platform to make the area the same level as the sidewalk.
**Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grant Program**
In addition to the programs above, the Napa Downtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) has allocated $140,000 to the Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grants Program to support businesses with the design, development, and installation of a parklet or shared space in the downtown area. Downtown and Oxbow District businesses will be able to apply for reimbursable grants of up to $5,000 to help finance the cost of implementing their Shared Spaces/Parklet design.
Napa Al Fresco’s goal is to support our businesses during COVID-19 and provide a safe experience to people who visit and enjoy the City of Napa’s world-class dining and wines. All programs are free of charge to businesses. We invite everyone to experience Napa Al Fresco.
The Small Business Recovery Task Force members include the Downtown Napa Association, Napa Chamber of Commerce, Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Napa-Sonoma SBDC, Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, and the City of Napa.
For information about Napa Al Fresco and applications, go to: https://www.cityofnapa.org/937/Outdoor-Dining-and-Parklets or email [email protected].
To inquire about the Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grants program, contact Craig Smith at [email protected].