Extending Market Square’s Daily Closure to Vehicular Traffic Through October 31 for Outdoor Dining Experiences

Date of release:  September 8, 2020

The City of Paducah has decided to extend the daily closure of the west side of Market Square to vehicular traffic through October 31.  In May, the City began limiting vehicular access and provided picnic tables for use by the designated restaurants.  This program is to increase the dining capacity for the restaurants by providing outdoor seating.

After receiving positive feedback from the community and the restaurants, this program will continue until the end of October. 

City Manager Jim Arndt said, “As we all continue to embrace the Healthy at Work guidelines from the State of Kentucky, this is one way that we can assist our restaurants with seating capacity.  Furthermore, enjoying a meal or ice cream outdoors in Paducah’s historic downtown is a wonderful experience.” 

Arndt added, “With pleasant fall temperatures on the way, I encourage folks to experience Paducah’s downtown, parks, and businesses all over the city.  Shopping and dining local are more important than ever.”

A new feature in Market Square is the addition of lighting.  String lights have been added to create ambience and functional lighting during the evening hours.