For a short while, Surrey will be home to food trucks.
The city has set up a "pop-up park" next to Surrey SkyTrain Station as part of a new program called PARKit!.
The program transforms asphalt parking space into places for people to hang out.
In the case of the City Centre space, the city has added synthetic grass, furniture, plants, a deck area and a place for buskers, entertainment and, you guessed it, food cart vendors.
"These temporary parks offer green space enhancements over the summer months and contribute to neighbourhood character and sense of community," said Mayor Dianne Watts, adding that the space is a place for people to sit, enjoy an outdoor lunch or just hang out.
Different food vendors will appear every few days, which will include Salvadoran pupusas, Vietnamese food and bubble tea.
The project also incorporates a social enterprise component.
The city invited Pacific Community Resource Services to participate in the event. The society provides a range of youth support services in the Surrey, including a program to hire and train youth to obtain employment. For this event, the youth will be selling Pacific Dogs - hot dogs with a West Coast flare.
The "park" currently set up in City Centre is located on City Parkway, by the Surrey Central SkyTrain Station, and will be open from April 17 to 26, with vendors open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.That leads right into the Party for the Planet on April 27-28, where more food vendors will be set up at Central City Plaza.
The city says it plans to have PARKit! pop up in more places this summer.
Food truck schedule for City Centre PARKit!:
April 21-22 - Num Num Food Cart (Vietnamese)
April 23-24 - Bubble Gallo (bubble tea and lemonade)
April 25-26 - Guanaco Truck (Salvadoran)
April 17-26 - Pacific Dog (organized by Pacific Community Resources Services. Hot dogs with a West Coast flare. This is a tent, not a truck.)
During the Party for the Planet on April 27-28, a few different vendors/food trucks will be spread around Central City Plaza. Those include Mr. Frosty (ice cream), Guanaco Foods (Salvadoran) and Off the Wagon (sandwiches and salads).