The City of Kirkland recently introduced “Evenings on Park Lane” in an effort to support downtown businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Evenings on Park Lane” began on July 2. Each night, the west end of Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street closes to vehicles from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week. The nightly closures will last through Labor Day.

“With the weather getting better and our county slowly reopening, we’ve seen our community members coming out in larger numbers to support our downtown shops and restaurants,” Mayor Penny Sweet said in a news release. “By opening ‘Evenings on Park Lane’ to pedestrians, we’re giving our community members space to stay six feet apart to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The decision to close the west end of Park Lane in the evenings to vehicles was informed by considerable outreach to the businesses on Park Lane and collaboration with community groups.

“We want to thank everyone who contributed ideas or feedback about this plan,” Mayor Sweet said in a news release. “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to supporting small businesses during a pandemic. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility, patience, and goodwill as we try our best to support our business community and their patrons during these challenging times.”