This morning the operator of Downtown Market shared an announcement that they plan on canceling their farmer’s market events. This is solely the decision of Downtown Market. The City issued an amended permit for a farmer’s market on 7th Street on Thursday, July 7 with terms agreed upon by both parties to address safety concerns. City staff had continued to assist the private operator in planning safe emergency access, complete getting all vendors licensed, and cleaning up outstanding issues. No supplemental requests were added to the permit conditions.
“It is sad news especially considering how well loved the event is and the value it provides to our community and local vendors,” said Acting City Manager Steve Boyd. “Our staff worked hard to reach last week’s agreement with this operator to make sure the event could continue with safety as a priority, and we’re disappointed at this decision.”
As a result of the incident on Tuesday, June 28, which resulted in a serious injury, the City implemented new safety checks across all relevant facility and event permits. The City reviewed all standard and amended permit requirements with the Downtown Market including requirements related to safety needed to be implemented to help ensure the safety of vendors and the public to allow the Downtown Market to reopen.
The Downtown Market has not officially withdrawn their amended permit. Following the operator’s official cancelation announcement, City staff will prepare options for the continuation of a market to present to City Council.