One of the changes planned for Cobourg’s Victoria Park Beach is to “re-purpose” the Canteen/ Washroom building by closing the Canteen and expanding the washrooms. For many years, the canteen was run by the same contractor but then in 2018 and 2019, the owners of Market and Smor had a try at providing the service. They wanted to offer healthy food – but that did not fly (it appears). They also had a friend operate a chip truck there. In the end they gave up just as the pandemic arrived. After the comprehensive review of how to manage the Waterfront, Council decided that instead of a Canteen, food trucks would instead provide the service. An RFP was issued early 2022 and two vendors have now been selected.
There were three bids but only two met all the RFP conditions: K and A Personal Touch Catering from Peterborough and Hot Diggidy Dog based in Courtice. Each has a catering Trailer that will be parked on the concrete pad just west of the existing washroom building. The photos below are from the facebook pages of these companies.
One of the requirements of the bid was that the Town meet its goal of $20,000 revenue for the season. Each company will pay the town $2500 per month and will operate from May to September so this goal will be met.
At Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on 19 April, Council will be asked to approve awarding the service to these two companies for a three-year term, with an option to renew for an additional two years.
Meanwhile, although a 2022 budget amount of $165K was approved to “repurpose” the Canteen/Washroom building, no RFP has yet been issued for that. Budget documents describe the work for 2022:
Victoria Park Canteen: To be converted into a family washroom and changing room facility as well as a utility and event headquarters room. Engineering, building plans, and permits, along with the construction work for the Victoria Park Canteen Conversion Work 2023 season.
That is, planning and Engineering will be done in 2022 with construction work to be done in 2023.
Also, Staff’s report to Council says that:
Both companies are aware of the multi-vendor setup and are committed to working harmoniously to provide excellent service to citizens and customers. Both vendors are aware that other food vendors will be present during permitted events.
It’s not clear if beach crowds in 2022 will be similar to pre-pandemic crowds given the changes to waterfront parking and the reluctance of many to venture out.
Vendors – Facebook pages
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