Attention food truck operators and mobile restaurant fans: Here’s a surprising advancement in Tacoma’s food truck world. There’s now a second pilot project, called Picnics in the Parks, scheduled to start June 12 that will bring food trucks every Friday through Sunday to three Tacoma parks.
Picnics in the Parks is a program from Metro Parks Tacoma, which sponsored a well-attended mobile food truck festival last summer in Wright Park ( this year’s will be July 19). On May 1, a group of mobile food operators, called T-Town Food Trucks, started its own pilot project in a partnership with the city of Tacoma that brings food trucks every weekend to four city-owned locations ( read more about that here).
The Metro Parks project is pretty simple, said its organizer Phedra Redifer, who also organizes the Metro Parks food truck festival. Up to three trucks will be allowed to serve at three parks — Point Defiance Park, Titlow Park and Norpoint Park. Food truck operators will pay a $75 fee each time one sets up for business.
“Trucks bring a whole different energy level to the park,” said Redifer. “It’s a stab at something we haven’t done before. There’s an audience and a need.”
Redifer said the launch date is June 12 and the project will end Sept. 13. But there’s a catch. She’s in need of food trucks to sign up for the program.
“I’m anxious, and ready and waiting, but I need people,” said Redifer.
Know of a truck or want to sign up? Contact Redifer at 253-592-8019.