PILOT PROJECT – PALM CANYON DRIVE ROAD CLOSURE FOR OUTDOOR DINING
Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz Canyon Way and Baristo Road
From Thursday, September 3, 2020 to the end of the year. (City to review in November/December and decide whether or not to extend)
On August 20, 2020, the City Council approved the expansion of outdoor dining on Palm Canyon Drive to facility economic recovery in response to the Local Emergency related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Starting at 7:00 am on Thursday, September 3, 2020, the City will set up traffic control to start closing Palm Canyon Drive to through traffic. The 3 southbound lanes of Palm Canyon will be reduced down to 2 lanes between Andreas Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where the full road closure begins. At Tahquitz Canyon Way you will either have to turn right to go westbound, or left to go eastbound.
At 10:00 am concrete barriers will be placed at the intersections of Tahquitz Canyon Way, Arenas Rd, and Baristo Road. Water barricades will be installed at the La Plaza intersection to allow for the U-turn at the traffic signal. We expect to be done by the end of the day.
Alternate routes for southbound Palm Canyon Drive, include Indian Canyon Drive, Belardo Road, and Calle Encilia. The signalized intersections at Arenas Road and Baristo Road will allow for traffic to travel through going east and west. Arenas Road will be set on red flash. A traffic signal on red flash should be treated like a stop sign. South of Baristo Road, the normal southbound Palm Canyon Drive traffic lanes resume.
Hundreds of covered parking spaced are available at the downtown parking garage with entrances at the Hyatt Hotel ramp, Museum Dr/Belardo Rd and at Museum Dr/Tahquitz Canyon Way. The City has another parking structure located at the corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Baristo Road that is convenient to the downtown businesses. This parking structure also offers hundreds of covered spaces to beat the heat. There are also surface parking lots that are accessed from Indian Canyon Drive and Belardo Road.
Temporary No Parking Signs:
You may see temporary no parking signs posted along Palm Canyon Drive. Please follow the dates and times written on the sign. Patrons are allowed to park in those spaces until that posted date and time.
When can you expand into the road closure areas?:
Once you have your Temporary Land Use Permit (LUP) approved for the expanded area on Palm Canyon Drive and the City has completed the installation of the all barricades, traffic control and signs. The application form and guidelines can be found on the City’s Website here:
or type “Temporary Outdoor Dining” in the search box of the homepage.
Current COVID-19 emergency orders prohibit restaurants from offering indoor dining, which has meant residents and visitors must dine outside.
Restaurants who are not in the closure area still have an option to expand outdoor dining on sidewalks and with parklets on adjacent parking spaces with temporary land use permits. For more information, visit www.palmspringsca.gov/alfresco.