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Food Trucks in Metro Parks

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Food Truck Guidelines and Process for Obtaining a Food Truck Permit

A food truck is defined as a licensed, motorized vehicle that makes and/or serves food. A food truck has on board power, refrigeration, food preparation facilities, and room for at least two employees. We will consider approving trailers that hitch to a licensed motorized vehicle, as long as they also provide on board power, refrigeration, food preparation facilities, and room for at least two employees. We will only approve food trucks and food trailers that fit the above definition. We are willing to make special exceptions if requested by food truck park organizers.

If a food truck is approved to be in our parks you may only be in the parks during designated times and locations. For special events please contact their organizers directly to discuss vending opportunities.

The following documents are required to obtain a food truck permit for Metro Parks:

  • $1,000,000 of Liability insurance naming Metro Parks & Recreation as additionally insured
  • Metro Fire Department certification for your vehicle
  • Metro Health Department certification for your vehicle
  • State of Tennessee business license
  • Photograph of Food Truck/Trailer

All vendors must submit the Online Food Truck Permit Application or print out the food truck application below and bring all paperwork to

Metro Parks & Recreation
2565 Park Plaza
Nashville, TN 37203

Food Truck Permit Application

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The following locations are where food trucks are currently allowed other than for special events. If you have another location you are interested in contact us for more information (615) 862-8400.

2017 Food Trucks Schedule

Location Day of Week Hours Contact
Centennial Park Wednesday 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Shane Autrey
Elmington Park Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lynne Freeman
Elmington Park Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lynne Freeman
Richland Park Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meghan Castor
Sevier Park Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Elizabeth Yarbrough

Food trucks in a row

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