Pedestrian-friendly — and expanded — Main Street returns June 27-28

A family enjoys a meal during the Main Street closure June 20. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

Citing the popularity of last weekend’s pilot project to close part of Main Street in downtown Edmonds, Mayor Mike Nelson announced Tuesday that the city will do it again next weekend — with  more street sections will close for outdoor dining and walking.

To provide a safe pedestrian experience around the downtown Edmonds Fountain, 5th Avenue will also be closed, in addition to Main Street between 3rd and 6th.

The city said that 5th Avenue will be closed between the alley next to the Historical Museum on the north and Dayton Street on the south. Drivers must use 4th Avenue or 6th Avenue both days as cross streets.

The closures will be in effect on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback about the pilot project last weekend,” Nelson said, adding that the city is also incorporating many of the suggestions offered to improve the experience.  “We believe that providing more space for safe and comfortable pedestrian flow helps promote social distancing while still patronizing our local businesses,” the mayor said. “We strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear masks while enjoy their visit to Main Street.”

Nelson also continued to encourage businesses in other areas of the city — like Westgate, Five Corners and in the Highway 99 Corridor — to also move tables outside. If it is private property, no additional city permits are needed for these temporary, pop-up events.

In addition to parking on area streets, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance has worked with local businesses to make after-hours parking available in various parts of downtown Edmonds, including:

  • Bank of America parking lots at 3rd and Main (after 1 p.m. Saturday, all day Sunday)
  • US Bank parking lot at 4th and Dayton (all day Saturday and Sunday)
  • Sound Credit Union parking lot at 5th and Dayton (after 1 p.m. Saturday, all day Sunday)

In addition, the owner of the future Main Street Commons project, Mike McMurray, will continue to make the parking lot at 6th and Main open to the public during these hours on weekends.

Public porta-potties will be available next to the temporarily closed public restroom building next to city hall on 5th Avenue.


  1. I am glad that the city is repeating this initiative this upcoming weekend – we need to try new things in order to continue to be a vibrant, engaging and interesting community; we need to continue to attract people with enthusiasm, ideas and energy; and we need to support our businesses downtown.

    One thing that many people have commented on is that there weren’t nearly enough masks being worn, and that the “social distancing” was in large part lacking. These concerns are legitimate (somewhere else on this website there is an article today expressing concern about a “one-day spike” in COVID-19 cases in Snoho County – the risks from the virus aren’t gone yet …). Perhaps those of us who do attend can make an earnest effort to emphasize the need for continued caution, to wear those masks when appropriate, and to continue to wash hands like crazy. There is no reason that the “pedestrian friendly” event cannot occur in a socially responsible way.

  2. Well said, Paul. I expect you will be in Main St all day again to observe and enjoy in your own gentle way!

    We will probably run into you another 70 times.

  3. Thanks for the fun atmosphere in downtown Edmonds last week! It was like a breath of fresh air ! A win win for all.
    I miss the summer atmosphere in Edmonds, epecially the music. Could I suggest having some live music perhaps around the fountain, a good central location? I’m sure there are some small Jazz groups from the talented Edmonds High School group who would perhaps play for tips? Or others? It would require however that anyone standing around to listen would honor social distancing and mask wearing requirements. Worth a try?

  4. This is terrific news! As for the concerns expressed above about masks, with the Governor’s latest proclamation Tuesday, this should be taken care of. And anyone who doesn’t wear a mask should think twice about the danger they are potentially doing to others.

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