the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, at Wednesday nights Village Council meeting Village Manager Heather Mailander announced that Ridgewood Central Business District will be converted into a pedestrian mall for Saturdays and Sundays only, starting on July 10th and running through September 5th.
The Ridgewood blogs research shows the idea of the pedestrian mall is overwhelmingly popular both with residents and CBD tenants . Some merchants and restaurants have raised some concerns over inability of patrons to do quick drop off or pick ups at their establishments .
In 2020, the “Welcome Back to Ridgewood” event was tried . All retail businesses were able to place their products on tables outside of their business (once they obtain a permit from the Village). All food places were permitted to have outdoor dining (once they obtain a permit from the Village).
The “Welcome Back to Ridgewood” and pedestrian mall started on June 20, 2020, and was held every Saturday through Sunday at 10:00 p.m. The Central Business District from North Walnut Street to Broad Street was closed to vehicular traffic along East Ridgewood Avenue, including the side streets of Oak Street, Prospect Street, and Chestnut Street . The pedestrian mall was put on hiatus several times over weather concerns .