Starting today, Breckenridge will close Main Street to vehicle traffic for the first time in its history, temporarily implementing the new Walkable Main. Walkable Main is intended to expand Breckenridge’s sidewalks and businesses to allow for physical distancing recommendations.
Over 25 restaurants and retail businesses from Watson to Jefferson Avenues are gearing up to expand business fronts and outside seating for visitors to be able to responsibly experience the core of town. Restaurants will be offering seating for up to 20 people, spread among four tables within their designated areas. Retail establishments are permitted to display merchandise tables and racks. Because indoor capacities are limited, this will allow many businesses that don’t normally have access to outdoor space a way to expand and still do business safely.
Today, the town will work on setting up. This includes measuring and marking sections designated for each business with barricades and creating the overall look and feel of the new Walkable Main. It will open to pedestrians tomorrow, the 12th, and tentatively last for about 8 weeks.
While Walkable Main is designed to create breathing room for people to enjoy Breckenridge, Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge mask ordinances still apply. Visitors are expected to wear a mask and respect physical distancing.
Craft and visual art classes that previously were offered inside will move outside and feature live demonstrations and take-and-make activities by local artists.
The Riverwalk Center will host morning yoga, pop-up quartet performances by the National Repertory Orchestra, local musicians, storytellers and performance artists Wednesday through Sunday during the lunch and dinner hours. Their concession stand, The Blue, will also be serving drinks and snacks.
Walkable Main can be accessed by walking or taking the bus or shuttle. While the South Gondola Lot undergoes its transformation, paid in-town parking is available in the lots throughout town and the North Gondola Lot. Paid parking resumes tomorrow. Free Park ‘n Ride is available all summer at the Ice Rink and Airport Road lots. Visit www.breckfreeride.com for complete schedules.