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Port Coquitlam wants more food trucks at this popular downtown park

Port Coquitlam has put a call out for food trucks to come to the city for the summer in the hopes of enlivening a popular downtown park.
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Port Coquitlam has put a call out for food trucks to come to a popular downtown city park.

Port Coquitlam is putting the call out for food truck vendors to come to the city.

In a statement today (July 20), the city has announced that it wants to start having the mobile eateries at Lions Park in downtown Port Coquitlam.

The plan is to have a food truck in a designated location in the parking lot to provide convenient outdoor dining for park-goers through to the end of September.

The location will be a flat, hard surface for a truck to park, and will provide good visibility, safe access for customers and limit impact to park users.

According to the release, a food truck could operate in Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Vendors will choose their own operating hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. The program will run from July 28 to Sept. 30.

PoCo will consider expanding days based on the success of the program, the city's release states.

Have a food truck? What you need to know

Any food truck or cart operator that meets the base requirements are invited to apply for desired dates over the summer; the space will generally be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, with some consideration given to ensuring a mix of food options.

Special Event Business Licenses are available to all food truck vendors including out-of-town businesses for the day for $25.
The project is intended to support opportunities for food trucks with:

  • A streamlined and simplified application process;
  • A designated location for a food truck
  • A continuous intake of applications

In keeping with current requirements for food trucks operating at special events, all food trucks will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Health approval (Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, etc)
  • Greater Vancouver Fire Chief’s Association (GVFCA) inspection decal
  • Automotive Liability insurance with minimum $5 million liability with an ICBC Confirmation of Automobile Insurance Coverage.

Food trucks operating in Lions Park will be required to have $5-million liability insurance naming the city as an additional insured party.

Interested vendors can apply online through the City of Port Coquitlam website.