That’s the question being asked by the University Park City Council this week, after a Park Board member suggested the city offer more choices for food at the Holmes Aquatic Center.
Last month, board member Alex Richter implored the council to allow for additional options, or re-bid the contract for the concessionaire. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, councilmembers debated the pros and cons of the issue, before relegating it to the Parks Board to get their take.
Parks director Gerry Bradley offered a few suggestions, some as pie-in-the-sky ideas:
– Keep the concession stand as is
– Allow a food truck to park outside the gates at the center
– Allow a food truck to park inside the gates
– Rebid the concession stand
– Overhaul the concession stand, to the tune of $200,000- $250,000. This would allow the concessionaire to use ovens and stoves, as opposed to the microwaves and crock-pots he’s using now, Bradley said.
– Keep it as is
The concessionaire is currently on a year-to-year contract, Bradley said, and it’s reevaluated at the end of each summer. Park officials turn a blind eye to residents bringing their own food as well, he said, though it’s technically not allowed.
Highland Park invites a different food truck to visit its grounds every Sunday.
So, what says you, UP swimmer?