Warwick Parks and Recreation Director Bev Willey told the City Council Monday night that the bidding process last year allowing vendors to have a mobile concession cart at city owned properties was a …
Warwick Parks and Recreation Director Bev Willey told the City Council Monday night that the bidding process last year allowing vendors to have a mobile concession cart at city owned properties was a “nightmare.”
After what Willey described as a bidding war over the rights of Oakland Beach between Iggy’s and New England Frozen Lemonade, the Council ultimately decided to award no bids for Oakland Beach and New England Frozen Lemonade was awarded the bid for the other city owned parks.
This year Willey said she wanted to reexamine the bidding process saying she had inquiries from a number of different food truck vendors who were interested in having an opportunity to park their trucks in Warwick.
This year instead of just awarding bids to just one company per site Willey decided to change the process which allows for up to four different vendors for the different city owned parks as long as they are of different food types.
Winning the bids for City Park, Conimicut Point, Confreda Sports Complex, Mickey Stevens, and Rocky Point was New England Lemonade for a total of $9,900.
Cosmos Fresh Treats was also awarded a bid for City Park and Conimicut for $1,1216 and RaRa’s Surf Shack was awarded a bid for City Park for a total of $770.
The total revenue from those parks equals $11,893.
Oakland Beach, which had separate bids, generated $10,338 in bids with Cosmos bidding $1,508, New England Lemonade bidding $6,000, Rara’s bidding $1,82.67, and The Hot Potato RI bidding $1,008.
Lulu’s Little Pancakes was the only bid eliminated with a bid of $500. In total Willey said the City will be collecting $22,231.67 in revenue from the concessions.
Willey said that there isn’t anything prohibiting an ice cream truck for example from driving through a parking lot and being “waved down” by someone.
However, she said that only those who won the bids are allowed to park in those certain locations.
“They are not allowed to go down there and park,” said Willey.
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