If you accidentally leave the snacks at home this spring while visiting your favourite outdoor Mississauga green space, fear not. The City of Mississauga has your back.
Mississauga’s Parks and Forestry Division is recommending a one-year pilot project which would see food trucks serving hungry residents in nine parks throughout the city. The pilot would begin May 1, 2018 and continue through April 30, 2019. Food trucks will be permitted onsite during regular park hours, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“As a City, we must continue to grow and evolve with current trends and innovations,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The pilot gives the City an opportunity to determine if this movement resonates with our residents and visitors. It will also create jobs while enhancing the park experience for all visitors.”
According to Mitcham, the park locations were chosen strategically to provide coverage across the city.
The nine participating parks are:
· Jack Darling Memorial Park (1180 Lakeshore Rd. W.)
· Paul Coffey Park (3430 Derry Rd. E.)
· Erindale Park (1695 Dundas St. W.)
· Mississauga Valley Park (1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.)
· Dunton Athletic Fields (6180 Kennedy Rd.)
· R.K. McMillan Park – adjacent to Lakefront Promenade Park (830 Aviation Rd.)
· Syntex Green (2180 Syntex Ct.)
· Max Ward Sports Park (2380 Matheson Blvd. E.)
· Meadowvale Sports Park (2255 Meadowvale Blvd.)
A vendor bid package will be released in March. One permit per park will be awarded using a lottery process. Potential vendors will need to submit their menu, pricing and estimated foot traffic as part of their lottery submissions.
Currently, the City restricts food trucks to special events within parks throughout Mississauga and four stationary park vendors at Mississauga Celebration Square. In addition, eight hot dog and 14 ice cream vendors are presently permitted in city parks.
Knowledge gained from the pilot will help inform the development of future food truck strategies, noted Mitcham.
City Council will determine if Mississauga will move forward with the recommended project during the Council meeting on Wednesday, March 7.