2018 Seasonal Food Truck, Activities, and Fitness Concessions

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is interested in securing seasonal partners to operate food and non-food service concessions and activities such as outdoor education and group fitness classes in various park locations through the City of Seattle. SPR looks for unique and interesting business partnerships that promote and enhance parks through a shared commitment to healthy people, healthy environment and strong communities.

July 17, 2018:  SPR is seeking to colloborate with food truck management companies for a pilot program to activate underutilized parks.   

For more information, please call (206) 684-0902 or email: amy.hamaker@seattle.gov.  

Download the application 

Opportunities vary, with some sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained businesses. Most locations do not have storage or electricity available.  

Small businesses, and Women and/or Minority Businesses (WMBE) are encouraged to submit proposals.

We are currently accepting applications for Activity Permits for Fitness/Outdoor Education groups who wish to operate their business in a City of Seattle park.  Click here for more information. 

The 2018 Seasonal Concessions Request for Proposal (RFP) has closed.   

We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis due to park availability.  Short term permitting is possible.  Please review the FAQ below for answers to general questions. 

  • Current Parks available for food concession vending include:  Cal Anderson Park, Cascade Park, Denny Park,  Jefferson Park, Lake Union Park, Mounger Pool, Volunteer Park, and Lower Woodland Park.  Please note that some of these sites are suitable for a small cart only (no electricity, parking or storage).  For more information about general park availability,  please email amy.hamaker@seattle.gov.  
  • We currently have an opening for original arts/crafts non-food concession vending at Waterfront Park.  Please contact Lisa Nielsen at (206) 684-7710 for information.

If you are interested in operating a food truck or concession in Westlake or Occidental Park, please contact the Downtown Seattle Association at (206) 613-3210.  

Applications can be downloaded by selecting the links below, or can be picked up in person at the address noted on the sidebar. You may request a packet be mailed to you.

Please read through the FAQs below.

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Concessions Requirements for Food and Non-Food Service Providers:

Seattle Parks and Recreation Concessionaire requirements are as follows:

  • Seattle Parks permit to sell on City of Seattle Park property fee is $75.00 per park, per year.
  • A percentage of your gross sales (not including sales tax) will be paid to Seattle Parks and Recreation.  This is usually 10% or a minimum park fee per month, whichever is greater.  The minimum dollar amounts vary by park.
  • Copy of your current City of Seattle business license.
  • Seattle/King County Food Handlers Health Permit (for food and beverage vending)
  • Mobile Food Vending Permit (if applicable)  https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/environmental-health/food-safety/food-business-permit/mobile.aspx
  • Liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million dollars and add the ‘City of Seattle’ as an additional insured.
  • You and your staff must all pass a WA State Patrol Background check

 Schedule of Events 2018


RFP Release
Packets available on website, can be picked up in person or mailed out to interested parties. Advertisement begins.  

January 18,  2018

Concessionaire Information Meeting
Miller Community Center 330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

February 15, 2018   6:30-8:00 PM 

Deadline for Questions

March 6, 2018

Question Responses Posted on Website

March 9, 2018

Proposals Due to the City

March 16, 2018

SPR Evaluation of Proposals

End of March 2018

RFP Interviews – Optional

April 2018 (If Needed) 

Announcement of Successful Proposer(s)

Late April 2018

Anticipated Permit Execution

May 1, 2018 

Activity Permits for Fitness/Outdoor Education 

Use this application if you are operating a business in the park such as a fitness group (i.e. boot camp, yoga, running training class) or outdoor education class and your park based business does not collect money on park property and operates 10 hours or less/week.  We accept applications on a rolling basis.  Fees are due at time of permitting and there are no refunds. 

Frequently Ased Questions for Activity Permits-Fitness/Outdoor Education

Seattle Parks and Recreation Activity Permits for Fitness/Outdoor Activity groups are as follows:

  •      Seattle Parks permit fee is $75.00 per park.
  •      $75 monthly use fee. This fee is based on the calendar month and is not prorated. 
  •      Copy of your current City of Seattle business license.
  •      Liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million dollars and add the 'City of Seattle' as an additional insured.
  •      You and your staff must all pass a WA State Patrol Background check.