Fairfax County park-goers could soon be feasting on a variety of dishes from the metro area’s many food trucks thanks to a new initiative from the county park authority.
In the past, vendors have run into issues with the county over parking tickets, particularly earlier this year in Tysons Corner where food trucks are popular with the lunch rush; parking has been and remains difficult to find.
The county doesn't have regulations on food trucks specifically, but under the county code, vendors may not park a vehicle on any street in a business district to sell merchandise.
Officials are reportedly working toward an agreement to make operation easier for the county and food truck owners — and this new initiative offers one more way for food trucks to reach customers.
Trucks will serve park-goers from specified spots in the parks, but only after successfully applying for a license from the park authority.
“Food trucks are very popular nationwide and park officials are confident that vendors in the parks will add positively to a visitor’s experience, while also providing economic benefits to the community and the park system,” according to a park authority release.
Food truck vendors have until June 21 to submit applications to vend at the nine parks chosen by the county for the pilot program. It's not clear when the program would actually begin.
Food truck operators who offer the most frequent and consistent service and hours will be given priority. Officials will also take into account a truck’s appearance and menu into account when considering applications, they said.
Food trucks will be allowed to operate at the following parks:
Rolling Valley West Park in Burke
Wakefield Park in Annandale
Arrowbrook Park in Herndon
Mason District Park in Annandale
Baron Cameron Park in Reston
Lake Fairfax Park in Reston
Nottoway Park in Vienna
Oak Marr Park in Oakton
Pine Ridge Park in Herndon
Complete information on the application process can be found on the park authority website.