Coming to a park near you: Food trucks

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March 12, 2012 // UPDATED 1:37 pm - March 13, 2012
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
As the mobile food-vending scene in the Twin Cities continues to gain steam, the Minneapolis Park Board is preparing to offer an invitation for the trucks to roll into several city parks this summer.

On Wednesday, a Park Board committee will discuss a pilot program that would allow food trucks to operate in 16 city parks.

The pilot program has another goal: Trying to attract several food trucks to the same park on Fridays, perhaps making the weekly events open to music, movies and, in some cases, beer.

The Park Board won’t allow the food trucks into the parks where it already contracts with restaurants, such as Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun and Sea Salt Eatery at Minneheha Park.

The 10 parks that would be open to daily use include: Mill Ruins, Father Hennepin Bluff, Lake Nokomis, Bryn Mawr, Wabun, North Mississippi, Webber Park, Northeast Park, Theodore Wirth Beach and Bossen.

Nine parks would be available for the Friday event idea: Parade Park, Calhoun Executive Center, East River Flats, Bohemian Flats, Boom Island, Mill Ruins, Lake Nokomis, Webber Park and Theodore Wirth Beach.

The event idea would also allow East River Flats to become a tailgating destination before Gopher football games.

The Park Board has set limits on the number of trucks allowed in each park, depending on size and parking availability. For instance, Northeast Park would only be allowed two trucks, but Theodore Wirth would be allowed eight.

Trucks would have to pay a daily fee of $35 or a weekend and holiday fee of $100.

The trucks would have to be licensed by the city of Minneapolis.

The Park Board’s Innovation and Development Committee will discuss the pilot program after the regular Park Board meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. in Park Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.