Update 5/5: This post, first published April 11, has been updated with new information.
After months of community meetings and delays, the City of Seattle hosted its Pike People Street "activation" program (read: street closure) last October. The event, which was originally intended to be held over three days, ended up being a one-day program, which was tacked on to Capitol Hill's Hilloween celebration.
Rather than fight inclement weather again this year, Seth Geiser, a member of the Seattle Department of Transportation's public space management team, told The Capitol Hill Times that the department was planning to hold the street event each Saturday and during Art Walk from July through August this year.
In a news release announcing the publication of the Pike People Street 2016 Report + 2017 Work Plan, officials with SDOT said this year's street celebrations will include "a more predictable schedule, an improved event layout to address mobility and access, and a vibrant environment with sidewalk cafes and the neighborhood art walk."
The event, which is held in partnership with the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Office of Economic Development, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Capitol Hill EcoDistrict; won't coincide with Capitol Hill Block Party.
Here are more deets from CHT:
Saturdays will be centered on Pike/Pine nightlife, but start early enough to capture dinner crowds. The schedule is currently 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., which Geiser said will allow restaurants and bars interested in offering summertime outdoor dining to participate.
The Pike People Streets during Capitol Hill Art Walk will run 4-10 p.m., Geiser said, with the hope being to add sidewalk cafes and extra space for art.
This scheduling comes after community input from past events, some of which lamented start times that catered more to the bar crowd, which turned festivities into a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere in the pilot program's first year.
A new report containing findings from the last two years of the program is expected to be released by the end of the month, CHT reports.