Can West Concrete Cutting and Proform Concrete Services Inc. work on installing features along Ross Street between 49th Avenue and Little Gaetz in Red Deer. A lane of traffic and parking along the north side of Ross Street has been eliminated to build a patio.

Ross street patio could be open Friday

Downtown Red Deer could have more of a Parisian feel to it as early as Friday. The Ross Street patio, started as a pilot project last year, is returning for its second season. Construction began on Ross Street earlier this week. One lane of the street between 49th Avenue and Little Gaetz will be closed for the rest of the summer to compensate for an array of benches, picnic tables, flowers, trees and the community street piano.

Downtown Red Deer could have more of a Parisian feel to it as early as Friday. The Ross Street patio, started as a pilot project last year, is returning for its second season.

Construction began on Ross Street earlier this week. One lane of the street between 49th Avenue and Little Gaetz will be closed for the rest of the summer to compensate for an array of benches, picnic tables, flowers, trees and the community street piano.

“It started as a pilot, but we’re making the Ross Street patio a bit more permanent,” said Charity Dyke, the city’s downtown co-ordinator. “Whether you want to enjoy your lunch outside, explore some of the shops downtown or stop in for one of our lunchtime events, this will make Ross Street your street.”

Starting on June 6, every Wednesday night from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m., a Red Deer artist or entertainer will be featured on the Ross Street Patio.

If the weather co-operates, the patio will launch on Friday, said Dyke.

For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/bestsummer or contact Dyke at 403-309-8598.

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