PARKSVILLE, BC – The City of Parksville may need to think outside the box as it ponders lease arrangements to replace the now-defunct concession with food-truck pads in Community Park, says a local food truck owner.
Extreme Eatz owner Mark Chandler said food trucks are mobile by nature and many need to follow festivals and do private catering to make ends meet.
“More and more, trucks are getting into events and catering,” said Chandler, the driving force behind the fledgling Vancouver Island Food Trucks Association. “When you can do both, the truck really pays.”
In June of last year, city council passed a motion to spend $290,000 to renovate and convert the existing concession to washrooms and change stalls only, and to build pads for lease to mobile food vendors. The concession’s lease in previous years called on it to operate seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., from May Long Weekend to Thanksgiving.
With that season starting in about four months, the city has yet to call for proposals from food truck vendors and construction hasn’t started on the washroom facility or the pads.
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