Staff Report: Business in the Parks Pilot Program (2020)
Staff Report: Economic Recovery Action Plan Update - Program Approvals for Business in the Parks and Patios Everywhere (2021)
Application Form: Business in the Parks
Invest Barrie - Supporting Economic Recovery
SMDHU: Reopening and Operating your Business Safely
This program makes it easy for local businesses to offer services and activities during COVID-19 in three of Barrie's most popular public parks. The idea came about after consultations with the business community as part of the City's Economic Recovery Action Plan.
The Business in the Parks Program provides new opportunities to maximize capacity and revenue generation. All activities offered must operate in a closed format (i.e., participants have to pre-register to participate in the activity). Businesses and others can apply to book outdoor space:
Interested applicants who meet the below criteria are invited to apply online to book a park. Eligible applicants must submit their application 15 business days prior to their requested date for consideration.
City staff will review each proposal for eligibility requirements and follow up with the business to take them through the permit process. Only after the permit is granted is the application considered approved.
The hours of operation for the program are 7am–9pm, with one hour before and after each booking for set up and take down.
Hours can be split between multiple sessions of the same program or class. For example, (6) x 2 hour bookings for a series of yoga classes.
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