It looks like it’s going to be a foodie’s paradise in Saanich this summer, after three different parks have been approved to host food trucks all season long.

Beckwith, Cadboro-Gyro, and Gorge Waterway parks have all been given the green light by council to host food trucks from July 1st to Labour Day as a part of a pilot project originally developed in 2019.

In December of 2019, council unanimously agreed to welcome food trucks to Beckwith, Cadboro-Gyro, Gorge Waterway, Mount Douglas and Mount Tolmie parks for the summer of 2020.

Due to the pandemic, however, the project was postponed.

On April 26th, council officially approved the $40,000 pilot project, but Mount Douglas and Mount Tolmie parks were left out due to concerns about increased traffic, noise and litter in these natural state parks, according to Mayor Fred Haynes.

Two trucks will be permitted in each Beckwith and Cadboro-Gyro parks, as well as one in Gorge Waterway Park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Saanich is currently accepting applications from food truck operators, and staff will use a lottery to select which trucks get the spots.

Following this summer, staff and council will take a look at how the pilot project performed and discuss the possibility of expanding it.

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