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  • Pima County launches pilot program for vendors on The Loop

    Apr 28, 2014 | Read More News
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    Are you ready for coffee, Sonoran hot dogs and maybe even bike rentals on The Loop?

    The LoopPima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is launching a six-month pilot program on May 1 for non-motorized vendors at eight designated sites along the Rillito River Park on The Loop.

    Beginning Monday, April 28, the department will accept online registration forms on The Loop web page.

    The applicant will have to pay $100 per site per calendar month for a vendor permit at the department’s headquarters at 3500 W. River Road by 5 p.m. on the business day after submitting the registration form.

    The permits are good for one month only. Registration for permits opens by the 20th day of the previous month.

    According to the program description, vendors have inquired about opportunities to set up mobile food establishments or businesses along The Loop. The program is designed to test whether non-motorized vendors along The Loop are desirable to Loop users and vendors.

    The pilot program prohibits food trucks.

    The eight vendor sites are at Flowing Wells Park, Children’s Memorial Park and Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, and at the Paseo del Rio and Riverhaven trailheads.

    Vendors should designate the site where they want to operate. Sites will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Efforts will be made to offer another site to the vendors who were not the first to request a specific location.

    Food vendors may need to have health permits from the Pima County Health Department. Vendors will have to provide evidence of at least $1 million liability insurance if no health permit is required and at least $2 million liability insurance if they must have a health permit.

    The vendors are prohibited from blocking or impeding any entrance to or exit from The Loop or causing any congestion on The Loop.

    Vendor program documents – including a program description, registration directions and a map and aerial photos of the eight designated sites – are attached and are available on The Loop web page.

    Pima County has been developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson for residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways.

    Please visit The Loop online for the latest maps and updates on access, improvements and other news about The Loop. Or check out – and “like” – The Loop on Facebook.

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