2014 - 2015 Curbana Pilot Program

Curbana Pilot Program

The Curbana Pilot Program was first introduced to Downtown Urbana during the summer of 2014. The Pilot Program has been expanded to the 2015 calendar year.

Curbanas are temporary extensions of the sidewalk, which provide space for people to sit, eat, and relax in downtown. Curbanas (or ‘parklets’ in other communities) are becoming popular in both large and mid-size cities, including: San Francisco, San Jose, Philadelphia, New York City, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Cedar Rapids, and Kansas City.

The Curbana Pilot Program was designed to address:

  • Business desire to expand outside seating
  • Developing engaging public space in Downtown
  • Cost-effective alternative to extension of sidewalk space
  • Adding vibrancy to downtown by creating an engaging pedestrian friendly environment

The planning process for the pilot program found that Curbanas the least intrusive option for extending sidewalk seating, and they provide space that can be easily utilized and maintained without interrupting vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic.


At the end of the 2014 Curbana Pilot Program, staff conducted a survey to assess the outcome of the pilot program to date. The results of this survey were favorable towards the Curbana program, and represented a total of 114 respondents from all over the Champaign-Urbana community.

Click here to see the results of the 2014 Curbana Pilot Program Survey

The City Council considered the results and recommendations, which led to the continuation of the Curbana Pilot Program for the 2015 season.

Continuing and Expanding Curbanas

If you’re interested in becoming a Curbana Host Business we ask that you follow the link below to provide information about your business, which will be utilized to support expansion of the program or contact candidates if additional sites become available.

Click here to fill out the Curbana Business Host Interest Form.

Sidewalk Café Licenses

Sidewalk Café Licenses are also available to businesses in Downtown Urbana in areas where they can feasibly be located without interrupting pedestrian traffic. Please see the link below for the Sidewalk Café License, and contact Barb Stiehl at City of Urbana Public Works to submit your application.

Click Here for Sidewalk Café License Application/Renewal

Barb Stiehl
City of Urbana Public Works
Phone: (217) 384-2342
Email: blstiehl@urbanaillinois.us

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Created on: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:07
- Author - Visitor
- Contributors: BrandonBBarbS