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Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks
Metro Parks Tacoma is looking for vendors to operate concessions carts in some of its parks this summer. The goal of the program is to bring a variety of concessions to the parks, including food, beverages, and/or rental recreation equipment.
The Carts in Parks – Mobile Concessions Program begins in June, and runs through the end of September.
The Metro Parks vendor application includes program guidelines that place a value on healthier food options, and on variety of items. The application states that menus should include healthy alternatives, emphasize items with "maximum nutritional value," and limit foods on the other end of the spectrum.
Sadly for us, ice cream-only vendors will not be considered. Sadly for anyone with fond childhood memories of "Turkey in the Straw" ringing through their neighborhood, concessionaires won't be allowed sound amplification.
Sales permits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis. No more than two concessionaires will be approved per park, and the vendors won't be allowed to offer "competing food or sundry items" within the same park. Metro Parks will collect a $300 one-time concessions operations fee per park from approved concessionaires. 10 parks are included in the program this summer.
Dash Point Park
Jack Hyde Park
Portland Avenue Park
It doesn't sound like these are going to be actual food carts; for one thing, the concessions operations have to be self-contained and self-supported - no access to utilities. Nevertheless, it does sound like we'll be seeing new options in some of our parks this summer. What options would you like to see?
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