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Concession changes coming for city facilities

Third-parties taking over at some parks, rec facilities

By: Victoria Paterson

  |  Posted: Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 06:00 am

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Food and beverage services at some city facilities are being swapped to third-party vendors.

Mark Edwards, business and marketing manager for the City of St. Albert recreation and parks department, said the intent is to change to third-party vendors at Fountain Park Recreation Centre, Woodlands Water Play Park, Grosvenor Park, and Akinsdale and Kinex Arenas.

Services at Riel Recreation Park are being provided by a food truck and that switch was made in April.

“They’re serving football games and everything at Riel,” Edwards said, noting that contract is for a year.

“Our main sort of objective is to continue to provide food and beverage services at our facilities and events,” Edwards said. “Good quality food and beverage service is important.”

To that end, vendors are being asked to provide a menu where at least 20 per cent of the options are healthy options as outlined by Alberta Health guidelines.

Currently the city is accepting bids on a contract to provide services at Akinsdale and Kinex arenas.

“The rest of them will be within the next year,” Edwards said.

The tender for the Akinsdale concession is for an initial term of five years starting this August, with an option to renew for another five year term.

The background information notes the concession generates about $60,000 a year in sales.

“The concession space will be leased on a monthly rate and rent-free from May 1st to August 31st,” says the tender. The operational hours have to be “consistent and flexible to be conducive of the needs of the patrons and user groups.”

As part of the bid, the menu, including the pricing, needs to be included.


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