FREE THE FOOD TRUCKS
Food Truck Row on Bannock between Colfax & 14th Ave., has been postponed until further notice! It appears that the City of Denver enforces a law that stipulates that no vendor can be within 300 feet of any park or parkway, in our case -Civic Center Park, without getting approval from the Parks and Recreation Permitting Office. If approved, each food truck must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee and an additional $100 for a One-Day permit or $200 for a Monthly permit. This equates to approximately $1000 or more imposed on the Food Truck Row if there are at least five trucks gathered together. Therefore we need YOUR support, the PUBLIC VOTERS, to petition the City of Denver that they waive the required permit for Bannock Street, as the Food Truck Row has NO conflict or competition with the Civic Center Park, nor does it occupy the park.
City of Denver, C/O Department of Parks and Recreation.
The "Food Truck Row" on BANNOCK Street has been of great convenience and benefit for me and the general public during our busy lunch period near Downtown Denver. The "Food Truck Row" on Bannock has been postponed until further notice! On February 21st, the Department of Public Works has banned all food trucks from applying for meter bagging on Bannock Street, located between Colfax and 14th Ave. directly in front of the City and County of Denver building, without a letter of approval from the Department of Parks and Recreation.
It appears that the City of Denver enforces a law that stipulates that no vendor can be within 300 feet of a park including Civic Center Park. If a letter of approval can be obtained from the Department of Parks and Recreation, each Food Truck must pay an application fee of $25 and an additional $100 for a One-Day permit, or $200 for a Monthly permit. These requirements and charges are unreasonable as these Food Truck vendors have already paid the normal required City business applications, licensing, and permit fees, as well as meter bagging permits in order to do business on the STREETS of Denver. The success of these Food Trucks depends on the collaborative efforts of multiple trucks being able to park together (forming a “Food Truck Row”) to draw attention of a crowd, and to offer the public multiple food options. The Parks and Recreation permit requirement equates to approximately $1000 (or more) imposed on the “Food Truck Row” if there are 5 (or more) trucks gathered together for a few hours of vending on BANNOCK Street, which is unreasonably prohibitive and almost ensures the failure of these small businesses. The requirement to obtain the Parks and Recreation's approval for vending on the 1400 block of BANNOCK is absolutely unnecessary as the “Food Truck Row” is not occupying the park nor is it a conflict or competition with the Civic Center Park. Therefore, we the PUBLIC are filing this petition to the City that it waives the required permit for Bannock Street, between Colfax and 14th Ave., as the Food Trucks themselves is not causing any traffic impediment or compromising public safety in any way.