The Vancouver Park Board currently operates 13 waterfront dining concessions across the city.
In an effort to improve concession appeal, the Park Board plans to add more diversity and local food options this summer for a better dining experience.
The Board recently hired a consultant aid in developing a strategy to improve concession food and beverages to better reflect Vancouver. Public feedback will be among many factors on the review which will go to the Board on June 27.
“The Board is seeking public feedback via an online questionnaire, interviews at concessions, and focus groups,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “We want to know what food and beverages people want to buy at our concessions—Thai, Japanese, BBQ or hamburgers—and even if we should convert some concessions into another format with casual seating.”
With the power in the hands of people, Vancouverites can push for highly diverse and creative menu items – whether that means sushi and beer, milkshakes and burritos, or all of the above!
Those interested in sharing input can do so here before May 29. Vancouver Park Board staff will also be interviewing patrons during May Long Weekend at half-a-dozen concessions including Spanish Banks East, Second Beach, and Third Beach in Stanley Park.
Waterfront food concessions first made their debut in Vancouver during the 1950s. Concessions operate on a seasonal basis with the earliest start date of April 1. The Board also issues permits for food truck operators, with 21 expected to hit the streets this summer.
In addition to serving new types of food, the Board is also exploring the idea of serving liquor within licensed areas at concessions.