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June 28 2017
HAMILTON, ON - June 28, 2017 - The City of Hamilton is making it easier for food trucks to operate in parks, and on Game Day. As part of the Open for Business initiative, City Council approved the creation of a new Park Permit for City of Hamilton Food Service Vehicle license holders, and has introduced a Game Day Pilot Permit to service all regular season football games held at Tim Hortons Field.
Beginning this summer, new Park Permit holders will be able to operate food trucks more easily in eight City of Hamilton parks – 12 months of the year and with a reduced cost. The eight parks approved for use under the Park Permit include:
- Bayfront Park
- Confederation Park
- Gage Park
- Heritage Green Park
- Pier 4 Park
- Sam Lawrence Park
- Turner Park
- Valley Park
Additionally, starting July 4 Park Permit holders will be eligible to apply for a Game Day Pilot Permit to service regular season football games held at Tim Hortons Field on a first come, first served basis.
In order to use the parks, interested Food Service Vehicle licence holders must apply for a Park Permit. The Park Permit fee is $200 and is valid for one calendar year.
“The City of Hamilton is widely considered a pioneer and model for other cities in supporting the food truck industry. Supporting entrepreneurship and reducing barriers for small businesses like food trucks to operate in the city is aligned with our Open for Business focus. It also contributes to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods and parks.” - Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton
“Hamilton's booming culinary scene is gaining national attention, and part of that sector's success can be traced back to the City's ground-breaking support for the food truck industry. Through this latest initiative, these small businesses win by gaining more opportunities to grow their business. And our community wins by being able to try some amazing food while they're out enjoying our parks.” - Jason Thorne, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development