Downtown Food Truck Program Expands With New Locations
The Downtown Food Truck Program recently expanded by adding new truck parking locations.
The program was launched in 2019 by the City of Orlando to enable food truck owners to park their vehicles in designated locations in order to sell food.
Downtown Food Truck Program Parking Locations:
NEW Magnolia Loop 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week, 2 parking spots
NEW North Eola Playground 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 2 parking spots
NEW West Church Street 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 2 parking spots
Sperry Fountain 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week, 2 parking spots
Heritage Square 7 a.m. - 3 a.m. 7 days a week, 2 parking spots
Curbs have recently been painted a distinctive purple hue and marked by "Food Trucks Only" text at each food truck parking spot.
Another new change to the program: it's free to participate. Previously, food truck operators were required to pay the parking meters throughout the duration of their operation. The Community Redevelopment Agency is now covering those parking costs temporarily until September 1, 2020 for food truck operators in association with the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative. Other than the costs associated with required licenses and permits, there is no other costs to participate in the program during the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative.
Another feature of the program is that food trucks can stay in their spot for as long as they like during the allotted hours of operation. A truck must be open for business while parked, however.
The pilot program ends September 1st, but the city says it anticipates food trucks will be operating downtown past that date.