Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Food trucks now permitted at Ferguson Township parks

STATE COLLEGE — Having a picnic in Ferguson Township is now a little bit easier as the municipality will now allow food trucks to operate at many of its parks.

“Over the past decade, food trucks have become a staple in communities, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jenna Wargo, AICP, planning and zoning director. These small businesses have been hit exceptionally hard and their contribution to the local economy isn’t inconsequential. Amending the Food Truck Ordinance to allow food trucks to operate easily in Ferguson Township boosts the local economy and helps preserve these small businesses.”

On March 15, township supervisors amended Chapter 27—Zoning, which permits food trucks to operate in township parks and certain right-of-ways.

Food trucks were previously permitted in other township zoning districts except public parks, which required a special-events permit.

Food trucks must operate during park hours and can operate in most of the right-of-ways. Ice cream trucks will continue to exempt from the ordinance.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation maintains most of the parks in Ferguson Township and will work in collaboration with the township on the ordinance. All vendors must complete the Food Truck Application, found on the Ferguson Township website, and obtain a zoning permit from the department of planning & zoning.

Zoning permits must be visible in the window of the truck to inform residents and municipalities that it is licensed to serve food and operate within the township.

Food trucks are not permitted to operate in Park Hills, Songbird Sanctuary and Meadows Park and overnight parking is prohibited in all parks.