North Perth offers restaurants free picnic tables for outdoor dining during pandemic recovery

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NORTH PERTH – On June 7, North Perth decided to help local restaurants and food service businesses by offering picnic tables free of charge for outdoor dining.

“We are invited again to support the free distribution on a first-come, first-served basis of picnic tables owned by the municipality to local businesses,” said Mayor Todd Kasenberg. “This is a measure related to COVID-19 pandemic recovery.”

“It was almost a year ago that we received approval from council to waive our picnic table fee for the 2020 summer season,” said Manager of Programs Amy Gangl. “This year (we are) just anticipating some of our outdoor commercial dining areas requesting to use of some of our picnic tables so we are recommending that the picnic table fee be waived again for the 2021 season.”

She said municipal staff are working with local businesses and downtown cores to make sure there are additional picnic tables in other areas for residents using other North Perth facilities.

“We will hold some of our picnic tables for the pavilions should we have an opportunity for people to rent those out for outdoor avenues but we feel we would have sufficient picnic tables to cover some of these requests that are coming in,” said Gangl.

“Great idea,” commented Coun. Neil Anstett.

All council members supported staff’s recommendation.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner

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