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Partnering with Towson Chamber Of Commerce, the County Will Close Pennsylvania Avenue to Traffic on Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Parking Enforcement Will Restart Friday, June 12

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that beginning this Saturday, June 13, Baltimore County will close down Pennsylvania Avenue, between York Road and Washington Avenue, to all vehicular traffic during certain hours in order to allow local establishments to provide expanded outdoor seating. The Seats on the Streets initiative was developed in partnership with the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

“Baltimore County’s restaurants and bars make our neighborhoods more vibrant and are vital to our local economy. We’re excited to begin Baltimore County’s first Seats on the Streets program in Towson this weekend to ensure residents can safely enjoy some of their favorite places to eat,” said Olszewski. “This commonsense and innovative initiative is an important first step, and we’ll continue working with communities across Baltimore County to help local businesses recover from this pandemic.”

Seats on the Streets dining will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the month of June. The program may be extended as appropriate.

The following restaurants will be offering expanded outdoor dining space along Pennsylvania Avenue:

  • Charles Village Pub
  • C&R Pub
  • Nacho Mama's Towson
  • The Point Towson (open for street-side carryout)
  • Slice NY Pizza Pasta & Grill

Establishments will be required to follow all requirements of applicable Executive Orders, and requirements and guidance issued by local, state and federal authorities, to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Residents attending must respect all guidelines, observe social distancing, and wear a mask when not seated and eating.

“We are so grateful to work with the County for this first-of-its-kind event and appreciate that they have fast-tracked our restaurants’ applications to make this happen,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are looking forward to seeing their customers and getting more of their employees back to work, while keeping people safe.”

Supporting the Recovery of Local Bars and Restaurants

Public health experts, including the CDC, have identified outdoor restaurant and bar seating—combined with social distancing and sanitary practices—as a lower-risk option compared to indoor seating. This initiative will complement existing drive-through, delivery, take-out and curbside pickup options.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support the recovery of local bars and restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore County is also currently offering conditional approval of applications for establishments to provide expanded outdoor table service on their premises until further notice. Establishments can apply on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page. Ahead of Maryland allowing outdoor dining, County officials also proactively provided guidance to restaurateurs to help establishments prepare for expanded dining.

Baltimore County will continue to work with communities to identify future Seats on the Streets locations in the coming weeks. Interested communities can also submit a temporary road closure permit request on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page.

Parking Enforcement to Restart Friday, June 12

Additionally, County officials announced that starting Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m., all County-operated parking meters will be operational during their posted operating hours. Residents must adhere to all posted rates and time limits on meters. Baltimore County had temporarily suspended parking meters back in March 2020.

For the most recent information on the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit the Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.

Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Winterfest 2019

Baltimore County will kick off the holiday season hosting the annual Downtown Towson Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The event, co-hosted by Baltimore County and the Towson Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. The official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree will take place at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s arrival by fire truck, holiday music and dance performances. Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as holiday musical performances. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa.

Temporary Road Closures and Free Parking

To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their parking garage located at 111 Allegheny Avenue.

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2019a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new development in the downtown Towson business district. Members of the community are encouraged to enjoy an array of events including a Fire and Ice family night with ice sculptures and decorated Christmas trees, ugly sweater happy hours, breakfasts with iconic Christmas characters and events at Towson Town Center.

More information about Towson’s Winterfest 2019, a month-long series of holiday events, is on the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2019. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Lifestyle Magazine, and Towson Town Center. Free refreshments will be provided by Charles Village Pub, Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, Palisades of Towson, and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

Funding Requested to Support New Buses, Infrastructure for Towson Circulator Pilot

Baltimore County has won a federal grant award to support the launch of a Towson Circulator pilot. The $1.65 million award, announced today by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, was requested by County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s administration as it seeks to create innovative transportation options for Baltimore County residents.
“The Towson Circulator will be a critical project that will better connect residents between where they live, work, study, and play,” said County Executive Olszewski. “We commend our Congressional delegation on supporting our request for this critical funding to move forward with this first-of-its-kind integrated transportation project in Baltimore County.”

In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other communities. In addition, the administration has named the first ever transportation planner and is in the process of hiring a deputy in the Department of Public Works to oversee transportation efforts and strategy.

“We are excited to announce this federal investment to help kick-start the Towson Circulator, which will provide a new, much-needed transit option to downtown Towson and the surrounding community. Maintaining a safe, reliable and convenient public transit system is critical to Baltimore County and we will continue working to expand and modernize transportation systems throughout Maryland,” the federal lawmakers said.   

Today’s award, announced as part of a nearly $14 million federal, statewide investment announced from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, will support the purchase of new buses and infrastructure for the Towson Circulator.

"With little room for new roads, a Circulator is essential to improving mobility in Downtown Towson,” said Councilman David Marks. “I thank County Executive Olszewski and our federal partners for their support of this initiative."

More details on the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program may be found on the Federal Transit Administration's website.

Revised September 11, 2017