Uplift Local

 Uplift Local

Uplift Local supports temporary outdoor spaces in Palo Alto.

Uplift Local is a Council-supported effort enabling outdoor dining, retail, personal services, and outdoor gyms and fitness options in business districts such as California Avenue, University Avenue, and other business areas. This program continues to evolve based on business and community input.

Car Free Streets

California Avenue

California Avenue will be closed to through traffic from El Camino Real to Birch Street to allow outdoor dining, retail, and personal services. The temporary closure will be every day of the week. The community is encouraged to park in the City’s garages and lots, or walk or bike to California Avenue.

University Avenue

University Avenue is open to vehicle traffic as of October 15, 2021, while continuing to support outdoor parklets. So, you can still enjoy outdoor dining, shopping, and more on University Avenue!

Ramona Street

Ramona Street from Hamilton Avenue to just past Nola is closed to through traffic to allow for outdoor dining, retail, and personal services.

Alternate Uses for Parking

The City is allowing businesses to use public parking spaces to create parklets and up to 50% of private parking lots to create more outdoor space. Outdoor dining and retail continue to be supported, and now outdoor gyms and personal services are allowed to operate in these alternate spaces as well. Businesses need to apply for a free encroachment permit or submit an application.

On October 24, 2022, the Palo Alto City Council directed a change to the temporary parklet program to require neighbor consent beginning on January 1, 2023. In response, the temporary parklet guidelines have been revised to reflect the requested changes, which will also be incorporated into the permanent parklet program standards pending final approval. Learn more and find the Parklet Guidelines here.(PDF, 943KB)


Community Check-In Meetings

Watch a previous Community Check-In meeting on the City's YouTube Channel.