Oregon District to Close Fifth Street in Preparation for Upcoming Out on 5th

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

March 26-28 the street will be closed for a “soft opening” with a kickoff of the pedestrian promenade to happen on Friday, April 2.


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March 24, 2021, DAYTON, OH — The Oregon District Business Association (ODBA) has announced the return of the Out on 5th pedestrian promenade with a grand opening weekend starting Friday, April 2.


The closure of FIfth Street to vehicular traffic between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue will begin this weekend, starting Friday, March 26, for a soft opening to help the businesses get prepared for the official launch of Out On 5th events starting the weekend of April 2.


“Our Oregon District business community has been working to plan for the return of Out on 5th the first weekend of April,” said ODBA President Natalie Skilliter. “This last weekend of March we’re using the street closure as a ‘soft opening’, allowing our businesses to plan for the full event and the full Out on 5th experience of entertainment and expanded patios for guests to begin the first weekend in April.”


Fifth Street will close to vehicular traffic between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 26, and will reopen to traffic early on the morning of Monday, March 29. A map of the official road detour, which uses Wayne Avenue, Fourth Street, St. Clair Street  and Patterson Boulevard to access parking to visit Out on 5th, is available on the Out on 5th webpage here.

The following weekend, starting on Friday, April 2, at 5 p.m., Out on 5th – the pedestrian promenade featuring acoustic music and other entertainment, special sales events, and amenities to elevate the guest experience – will begin.


“Last year Out on 5th started as a way to help our businesses safely re-open in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown, with the top priority being to keep our businesses running while also making sure to keep our community healthy and safe,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “Once again this year, the extra outdoor space created by Out on 5th is vital for our small businesses to welcome guests as they return to visit downtown Dayton.”


The planning and implementation of Out on 5th would not be possible without the leadership and assistance of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and City of Dayton staff, said Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s and ODBA board member.


“This project was a true team effort and was about listening to what was best for our businesses, for the community around the Oregon District, and for the visitors we hope to safely welcome to Out on 5th in the coming months,” Mendenhall said.


During the soft opening, guests are invited to patronize downtown businesses and enjoy public seating areas that will be set up in the street. Or for those 21 years old and up, the Oregon District’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) program — which allows patrons to purchase an alcoholic beverage served in a branded cup and move throughout the designated DORA area — is also in effect every day of the year (excluding St. Patrick’s Day and the last Saturday in October) to enjoy.   For full details on the DORA program, visit www.theoregondistrict.org/DORA.


For guests planning their visit to the Oregon District, the ODBA has put together a map showing the thousands of available parking spaces surrounding the business district, including garages, surface lots and street parking. Find the map on our website. Our Oregon District businesses kindly ask guests to park in the lots, garages or public street spaces, and not in the residential neighborhood.



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