Noise complaints oust food trucks from Woodbine Park
Park dropped from city pilot project
Toronto's food trucks have hit a road bump.
Food truck pilot program
The following four parks are part of a pilot program to allow food trucks to operate in select parks while the city reviews its bylaws.
- Roundhouse Park.
- Canoe Landing.
- Sherbourne Commons.
- Allan Gardens.
- The Feisty Jack.
- Urban Smoke BBQ.
- Stuft Gourmet Sausages.
- Gourmet Gringos.
- Beach Boys.
- The Food Dudes.
- Pretty Sweet Bakery.
- Gourmet B1tches.
- Crossroads Diner.
- Hogtown Smoke.
- Choco Churros.
- Tiny Tom Donuts.
Just weeks after the city launched a two-month pilot project letting trucks roll into public parks, noise complaints from residents have forced the trucks out of Woodbine Park in the city’s east end.
Annie Borkowski lives across the street from the park and said the noise from the trucks' generators was too loud. She was one of a dozen people who filed complaints with the city.
"We woke up one Saturday morning and all of a sudden, we hear this generator going and I thought … we had another blackout going and it was just a chip truck," she told CBC News.
Now Woodbine has been eliminated from the group of five parks that were originally part of the pilot. The city says it's looking at other locations near Woodbine Park, since they have also received dozens of letters supporting the food truck pilot project.
Rachel Scott, who operates the Stuft food truck, isn’t worried, saying most of the response to the food truck pilot program has been positive.
"Woodbine Park is a great location but things happen," she told CBC News. "The food trucks will find somewhere else to go."
The food truck trial runs until the end of September.