Iverson explains how and where they can and cannot be used; next party is July 9

    The Downtown Crookston Development Partnership and Wagner Mobile Welding portable patios or parklets have been a popular attraction for local businesses, organizations, and events to add outdoor seating where it might not have been available before. So, where exactly can the patios be placed downtown, who can request them, and how do you reserve them?

    DCDP member Shirley Iverson told the Times the patios can be used from “bridge to bridge to overpass” in downtown Crookston, but certain areas need a special permit. She says the city is looking to get permission from the federal transportation administration to allow the patios in the areas regulated by the state such as North Main Street and North Broadway. City Administrator Shannon Stassen echoed Iverson’s comments saying anything within the city’s jurisdiction, like the westbound lane on Robert Street in front of Synergy, is allowed but that the city is still waiting to hear back about the areas that currently require special permits.

    “South Broadway and South Main are okay, but North Main and North Broadway need to have a permit from MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) until the city gets them approved for use,” Iverson explained. “They can be reserved for two weeks by calling Parks & Rec at 281-1242.”

    “They’re perfect for a local business, service club, an outdoor baby shower, or, a men’s or women’s group, and they can be decorated to fit their theme,” she added. “Beer or wine on the patio must be from a restaurant, though.”

    In fact, DCDP will have their second “Party on the Patio” Monday, July 9 from 4-8 p.m. in the historic Wayne Hotel parking lot with food trucks from Drafts Sports Bar & Grill and the Irishman’s Shanty, a tap wagon and wine coolers, Bent Paddle Microbrewery, DJ, Regal the Eagle, University of Minnesota Crookston students from Lanzhou, China will lead activities for kids and serve free root beer floats, and more.

    When it comes to decorating the patios, Stassen says umbrellas can be attached temporarily as well as adding tables and chairs or benches for seating, and adds that the city is not looking to make any alterations to the patios at this point in time. Iverson notes that the DCDP did not include light posts with the patios because of permit concerns, but encourages people to adapt them with decor to their liking.  

    For more info on reserving the patios/parklets, call Crookston Parks & Recreation at 281-1242.