Marina Green food truck proposal rolls on

The presentation of proposed Marina Green food truck concessionaires to the Recreation and Park Commission for approval has been postponed until their Wednesday, Nov. 4 meeting.

S.F. Recreation and Park Department (RPD) had planned to present their recommendation for two food trucks on the Marina Green at the Oct. 21 commission meeting. However, that meeting date conflicted with another meeting scheduled for the same time regarding the Marina Harbor renovation at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Community members interested in both meeting items asked that the food truck discussion be postponed. Cassandra Costello of RPD’s Partnerships and Resource Development office stated, “We agree that it is important that the members of the community who want to participate in both items have the opportunity to do so.”

In response to the request, the Marina Green food truck presentation was rescheduled with the commission.

The original presentation was to include RPD’s recommendation that two food truck vendors, Annakoot Indian Street Food and Twirl and Dip Soft Serve, be approved for one-year leases to operate at the Scott Street entrance to the Marina Green. These two concessionaires were selected as respondents to RPD’s “Request for Proposals for the Operation of Specialty Food Pushcarts” in City parks. Both proposed to operate 24-foot-long food trucks rather than pushcarts.

Costello has since announced that Annakoot Indian Street Food would no longer be recommended for the Marina Green location, as RPD found another suitable location for them in Golden Gate Park.

According to Costello, Twirl and Dip Soft Serve is the only food truck proposed for the Marina Green for the time being. The presentation to the commission will recommend their operation Tuesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The issue of whether catering-style food trucks are appropriate in City parks is being taken up by neighborhoods across the City. Blue Bottle Coffee recently chose not to finalize their approved lease for an 8-foot-by-12-foot trailer in Dolores Park after neighboring residents and merchants voiced vigorous complaints about RPD’s public outreach process, the commercialization of park property, and the impending competition for neighboring merchants.

One reason Blue Bottle pulled out was because of reported threats of vandalism and harassment should they open in the proposed park location. Many feel that RPD needs to improve their methods of communication with the community and the transparency of their decision processes to help prevent such aggressive reactions from project opponents. RPD, however, is looking for a new coffee vendor for the same Dolores park location.

A finalized agenda and meeting time for the Nov. 4 Recreation and Park Commission meeting that will include the Marina Green food truck lease review can be obtained by visiting www.parks.sfgov.org or by contacting Cassandra Costello at 415-831-2791 or Cassandra.Costello@sfgov.org.