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Food truck pilot project

The city of Kamloops has cooked up a pilot project that will allow food trucks into the downtown area.

Currently, food trucks in Kamloops are allowed in some private parking lots and occasionally in parks, but were not allowed to set up on the street in the downtown area. 

The pilot project, which runs from June through October, will allow food trucks to make deals with owners of private parking lots downtown and will also open up some on-street spots. 

Gay Pooler, the general manager of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area said the pilot project includes a 50 metre "buffer zone" designed to protect brick and mortar restaurants from having to compete with food trucks. 

"It's not like we're going to have an influx of food trucks downtown," she said. "Because of that 50 metre buffer zone, there are not many spots downtown that will be able to take a food truck anyway."

But there are some spots that have opened next to public spaces, in an effort to "activate" and make use of those public spaces, she said. 

"What we're happier about is that they're opening up the parks a bit more," she said. "Now, between the food trucks and the concessions - which aren't always open - there will always be food available in parks."

Planning and development manager Randy Lambright said the test period is about six months and that the city is "cautiously optimistic" about expanding the food truck program. 

"We don't know what kind of a response we will get from the brick and mortar businesses," he said. "We're hopeful that it adds to the food and cultural diversity of the city."

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