Keep Our Kids Safe!
Keep Our Kids Safe!
The Village of Warwick is once again opening outdoor dining for restaurants on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as all day Sunday. The residents in the surrounding neighborhoods have been negatively impacted by outdoor dining in many ways, and we ask that you take our concerns into consideration.
Outdoor dining on Main Street creates a detour onto Wheeler and its side streets, McEwen and Cottage. These streets are not designed for heavy traffic, and often due to street parking on both sides, Wheeler becomes a one way street. Countless times people taking the detour miss one of the several stop signs, or fail to follow posted speed limits, causing further danger to our area. Cottage St. McEwen St, and Wheeler Ave combined are home to 40 children under the age of 12. The past year has been difficult for all of us, but especially for our children. The detour will limit access to outdoor spaces where our children can meet with friends and feel some sense of normalcy. When the detour is in effect, the families in this neighborhood cannot let their children play outside due to the tremendous risk that the extra traffic and careless driving causes.
In addition, closing Main St. causes the people that live above the downtown businesses to lose their ability to park near their homes, and to have access to the outdoors in a safe and reasonable manner. Many of these residents are elderly or handicapped, and therefore are essentially trapped within their homes for the duration of outdoor dining.
With the reduction of Covid-19 limitations on restaurants, and with restaurant capacity being increased to 75%, it is our belief that consideration should be focused on the village residents. We propose a reasonable compromise that can address the concerns of our neighborhood. Rerouting the detour to larger streets, limiting outdoor seating to sidewalks, or reducing the number of days that Main St. is closed from 3 down to 1 would help keep our neighborhood safe. Please consider the residents of Warwick and the impact that closing Main St. will have on our community.