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Jul 13, 2020 Return to Headlines

Food Vendors Return to Town Centre Park

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, B.C., July 13, 2020 – Food vendors have returned to Town Centre Park for the summer as part of Coquitlam’s TCP Eats Program.

Back for a second year, the program brings a variety of foods – including ice cream, hot dogs, twist potatoes, pizza and more – to the heart of one of Coquitlam’s largest parks. 
The food hub is at the centre of Town Centre Park east of Lafarge Lake in Parking Lot D, located off Trevor Wingrove Way. Food trucks or carts will be out on weekends from at least 1 to 8 p.m. until September and some vendors may be out during weekdays.  
Park visitors can check out food choices at www.coquitlam.ca/TCPeats.

What’s on the Menu 
Rocky Point Ice Cream will be providing its frozen treats onsite daily, alongside a rotation of five others to ensure a broad selection, including:

  • Tornado Potato – twisted deep-fried potatos, zucchinis and yams on a stick
  • Japadog – Japanese style gourmet hot dogs
  • Gordo’s – mini doughnuts, smoothies and hot drinks 
  • The Jerk Shack – Caribbean-style street food
  • Crazy Italian – pizza, fries, Italian sausage

This year’s vendors were selected through an application process for variety, appeal and fit with the location, clientele and community. All vendors are also required to meet the current COVID-19 public health protocols for food service. 

Improvements for 2020
Based on feedback and the 2019 experience, changes for 2020 include a set list of vendors during peak times on weekends so parks visitors can plan ahead. Vendor information and food offerings can be viewed online at www.coquitlam.ca/TCPeats.

To support the businesses, the City offers a streamlined permitting process and no requirement to cost-share. Participants will be asked provide feedback at the end of the season so the City can continue to enhance the program.

Free Wi-Fi
Those spending time in Coquitlam parks may also want to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi available (see map at www.coquitlam.ca/wifi). The free Wi-Fi allows Coquitlam residents to get outdoors and remain socially connected while being able to access information and enjoy online events such as the Summer Concert Series, online recreation programming and other virtual programs.​

Join Coquitlam’s Efforts to #SupportLocal

The City of Coquitlam has joined the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal campaign to assist local businesses, many of which are struggling at this time. Coquitlam also strongly encourages residents to #SupportLocal for their shopping and meals; view business listings at www.wegotthistricities.com and www.visitcoquitlam.ca for a directory of 200+ Coquitlam restaurants offering takeout, dine-in and delivery.

See also our video to learn more about how you can support local businesses.

Enjoy 75 Days of Staycation Fun

Be a tourist in your own town this summer with Tourism Coquitlam’s 75 Days of Summer campaign. Follow @visitcoquitlam on Facebook and Instagram from June 24 to Sept. 7 for prize giveaways and insider tips about things to do and great places to visit, eat or drink in Coquitlam. Watch for your daily dose of #SummerintheCQ inspiration and feel free to comment and share your own suggestions, tagging #ExploreCoquitlam and #SummerintheCQ. The City is also looking to purchase gift cards or prize packages from local businesses – contact 604-927-3913 or tourism@coquitlam.ca for information.

Supporting Our Community During the Pandemic

The City of Coquitlam is here to help, with these resources:

  • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is providing immediate and long-term support for the non-profit sector, businesses and residents;
  • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
  • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.

Coquitlam residents and businesses are also encouraged to follow the City of Coquitlam on social media (FacebookInstagram and Twitter) and download the CoquitlamConnect mobile app for up-to-date City information.

Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks