Mar 25, 2019 Return to Headlines

Food Vendors Sought for Town Centre Park

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, March 25, 2019 – Visitors to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park will be able to enjoy ice cream and possibly other food options this spring and summer, thanks to the City’s new pilot TCP Eats project. 

Food Vendors to Submit Expressions of Interest (EOI)
Coquitlam is soliciting expressions of interest (EOI) from private vendors to set up food trucks and carts at Town Centre Park, where thousands of people gather each summer to enjoy amenities such as the TD Community Plaza, Percy Perry Stadium, the tennis courts and sports courts, the Inspiration Garden and Lafarge Lake. 

A vendor hub will be set up from April to the end of September in Lot D off Trevor Wingrove Way, in the heart of the park next to a pop-up outdoor café on the lawn.

When considering applications, Coquitlam will give preference to vendors offering menus that celebrate Coquitlam’s culinary diversity and who plan to attend regularly.

The Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for TCP Eats vendors will close on Tuesday, May 28. More information and the RFEI link are posted at www.coquitlam.ca/tcpeats

Rocky Point Ice Cream Trial
The concept builds off the City’s temporary, arrangement with Rocky Point Ice Cream (RPIC), which will start selling its ice cream products at the park in late April. 

RPIC’s concession trailer will anchor the Lot D vendor hub, as the only vendor that will provide a scheduled daily service from a dedicated space. The other vendors approved by the City will not have a reserved space but will be free to operate based on demand and weather. 

About TCP Eats
TCP Eats aims to meet the growing demand for more food options at the City’s largest and busiest park with minimal cost and effort. At the moment, the only existing concession in the park primarily serves the Percy Perry Stadium and sports fields, and, while close to the playground, is a distance away from other popular park amenities such as Lafarge Lake, the tennis courts and the TD Community Plaza.

By inviting a number of vendors to participate – even on a casual basis – the City is hoping for a more consistent food truck presence that park-goers can come to rely on. 
Other benefits of the project include providing food vendors with a new business opportunity, and gathering market data to inform future decisions about park concessions. The 20-year vision for the park, set out in the Town Centre Park Master Plan, envisions phased improvements to concession services over time.

The City will be monitoring TCP Eats over the summer, including the impact on the stadium concession, on events that provide their own food services, and on festivals and events that use all or part of Lot D. 

During events, the vendor hub will be relocated to Trevor Wingrove Way as required. The City will also initiate a limited number of black-out dates for TCP Eats during major festivals and events when the park is full. 

Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager of Parks, City of Coquitlam