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Why the Riverside Park concession stand won't be open this summer

The concession stand down by Riverside Park won't be open to the public this summer.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Papa G's Cafe Kamloops
June 19, 2019 - 5:40 PM

KAMLOOPS – Tasty treats by the river are hit in good weather, but it’s a tough sell when it’s smoky.

In Kamloops, it’s hard to predict when a blanket of smoke might cover the city, and that’s why the Riverside Park concession stand by the beach won’t be open this year.

Sean Smith, the business operations and events supervisor with the City of Kamloops, says they have chosen not to open the concession building located near the pier due to the inconsistent weather over the last few years.

“The questionable weather and the smoky summers, the park hasn’t been that well used and so sales were down so it was difficult for an operator to staff there and make it worth while,” Smith says.

The last three years, the City had contracted the building out to Papa G’s Cafe. In the past, the snack bar opened on the May long weekend and would remain open on weekends until Canada Day.

During July and August, the concession stand was open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to serve Music In The Park, Smith says.

It usually remained open until Thanksgiving. They typically served items such as ice cream, chips, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Smith says food trucks will be an alternative for public attending the park.

“We are hoping food trucks will be present in Riverside Park more this summer in light of the fact there won’t be a concession building in order to serve the public,” he says, adding there is also the ice cream shop and restaurants across the street near the Sandman Hotel.

There are no immediate plans for the building at this time.

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