The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce the return of the Alexander Way Parklet, with Friday musical performances for the summer season. The parklet was installed last week near the Little Gaetz Avenue intersection, beside Copies Now.
Parklets are sidewalk extensions located on parking stalls that either expand the sidewalk for increased pedestrian use, or offer additional amenities for people using the street. The Alexander Way parklet is open to the public and offers bistro tables and chairs for passersby to relax and enjoy the Downtown atmosphere. Musical performances on the parklet will start this Friday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. and continue every Friday until August 17. The first featured artist is Zulu Panda.
“We’re always looking at innovative ways to create spaces that foster interaction in the Downtown – spaces that workers, visitors, and shoppers can use that encourage them to stay awhile,” said Amanda Gould, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association. “Parklets are a great way to enhance the atmosphere and bring life to a street, at a minimal cost to the organization.”
“Copies Now tries to be a part of the events the DBA has scheduled for Alexander Way. Although our business isn’t a typical walk up shopping location, we are in favour of activities that show what our Downtown has to offer,” says Doug Free, owner of Copies Now. “We like to support the arts and culture aspects of our city, and actually have a couple of musicians on staff. We see this as a way to encourage positive foot traffic in the area.”