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The Return of Patios and Parklets

The outdoor dining season is heating up, and the City of Lethbridge is here to help!

The annual patio and parklet program is back in the urban core. The permit program helps businesses to transform streets and sidewalks into spaces for people, not just vehicles.

“The City of Lethbridge piloted the program in 2018 and it saw instant uptake,” says Urban Revitalization Administrator, Justin Schipper. “It’s been very successful. Other North American municipalities have created programs using our model as a blueprint.”

Benefits go beyond the businesses. The program also beautifies streets and makes the city welcoming and people-friendly.

Umami Shop has been accessing the program since 2018, to support its parklet on 4 Avenue South.

“It brings a fresh, modern look to downtown,” says Umami co-owner Sven Roeder. “People really look forward to it, with office workers wanting to sit outside to enjoy their lunch, socialize and network. It’s great.”

As part of the application process, the applicant must have a minimum of two-thirds of neighbouring block facing businesses sign off in support of the parklet. These businesses could be impacted by a temporary loss of parking.

A handbook is available online to help business owners get the required permit. It includes operational and safety requirements, application forms and details on the review process. For more information visit:

For Public Inquiries:

Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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