Main Street Moves


In May of 2020, city staff, in partnership with the Downtown Ventura Partners, presented a proposal to City Council to allow for a temporary, 30-day closure of five blocks of historic downtown Main Street to vehicular traffic to allow for outdoor dining and shopping in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot project was a resounding success and provided a financial lifeline to many Ventura businesses. 

Through a series of Council actions, Main Street Moves has been extended to July 2024. During this two-year period, various studies will be completed to determine the feasibility of a permanent, 24/7 street closure (Pedestrian Mall). Periodic updates to the community and Council will be forthcoming as studies are completed.

Parklet Design Guidelines

On February 27, 2024, City Council received the Main Street Moves Parklet Design Guidelines for consideration and approval at a future City Council meeting. 

Main Street Moves Timeline

  1. 2024
  2. 2023
  3. 2022
  4. 2021
  5. 2020

February 27, 2024:Council approved the 2nd Amendment to existing PSA No. 2022-036 with James Cogan for an additional amount of $100,000 for a total not to exceed $250,000. Council authorized the City Manager, or designee, to execute an Amendment to the existing Work Order under Professional Services Agreement No. 2019-014 with Rincon Consultants, Inc. to prepare environmental documentation in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act for Main Street Moves for an additional amount of $105,467 for a total not-to-exceed $326,316. Council received the citywide parklet design guidelines for consideration for approval at a future City Council meeting. Staff Report (PDF)