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, strong communities". Opportunities vary, with some sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained businesses. Most locations do not have storage available.  Small businesses, and Women and/or Minority Businesses (WMBE) are encouraged to submit proposals.

We are now accepting Requests for Proposal (RFP) for 2018 Seasonal Concessions (Food and Non-Food service vendors). You can download the 2018 Concessions Brochure and Application (RFP packet) by selecting the correct link below. All proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018. 

We are also 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. 

Please read through the FAQs below, and see the most recently asked questions and answers about the 2018 Seasonal Concessions RFP process. This page will be updated weekly through March 6, 2018. Question to submit? Please email amy.hamaker@seattle.gov 

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

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)

April 13, 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. 

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.