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White Rock adding picnic tables to some parks, beaches to encourage dining out

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 7:23 pm PDT

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White Rock City Council has agreed to purchase close to 20 outdoor picnic tables to encourage dining out

The White Rock BIA will be chipping in for the cost of the tables

Spaces with tables include Memorial Park, East and West Beach, Marine Drive, and the Five Corners area

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) — White Rock has decided to install about 20 new picnic tables in the city to encourage more people to dine out while still practising physical distancing.

On Monday, council voted to buy picnic tables and place them in three popular areas to “help expand seating capacity for outdoor dining and public use.”

“As we continue Phase Two of BC’s Restart Plan, our restaurants have told us they need help to recover financially from the impacts of COVID-19 closures or service reductions. Adding tables to expand the outdoor restaurant experience, or to invite visitors to enjoy food, is one way the City can help,” Mayor Darryl Walker says in a release Tuesday.

“During these times, we all need to be creative in finding solutions to the challenges of keeping distant. Restaurants are losing more than 50 per cent of their dine-in space. We are hoping this will give diners some additional choices on where they can enjoy a meal with the people in their immediate circle.”

Tables will be found at Memorial Park, East and West Beach, Marine Drive, and the Five Corners area. All will be placed two metres apart to allow proper physical distancing.

For 15 to 20 cedar picnic tables, the city says it will cost about $12,500.

“The City is contributing $10,000 and the White Rock BIA, $2,500,” the release reads.