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Carts in Parks Season Wrap-up

Thank you from the City of Madison Parks Division & Economic Development Division for a successful season for the Carts in Parks Vending Pilot Program.  Information from our pilot is under staff review and details on the findings will be presented to the Board of Parks Commission.  More information will be available soon. 


Thank you to the food carts that participated in the Daily Vending path of our Carts in Parks Program.

Particpating food carts include: Bombay Fast Cafe, Brasin' Hussies, Caracas Arepas, Caracas Empanadas, Chicaboom Coffee, Cool Mode Ice Cream, Cool Sweet Treats, Cultura Cali, Jakarta BBQ Station, Jason's Jerk, LT's Aloha Wagon, Propa Jerk & BBQ Gourmet, Quick Chef and Vengan Pa'Ka



Contratulations to the Latino Chamber of Commerce (LCC) for hosting their inaugural Plaza Community Markets series this summer. The LCC Plaza Community Markets are designed to create opportunities for underrepresented communities of color.  Their goals are to support collaboration, community, education and build economic independence for micro-businesses.
Contratulations to BYAYA! Youth Events & UJAMAA Community Markets for a successful season and building community. UJAMAA is a program of EOTO Culturally Rooted  UJAMAA Business Network is a statewide community of entrepreneurs empowered by the practice of cooperative economics to combine knowledge, skills, resources, and purchasing power to support and grow business in communities of color throughout Wisconsin, with a specific focus on Black-owned businesses.  



The City of Madison Carts in Parks Vending Pilot Program is made possible through a $50,000 grant.  THe Street for Pandemic Response and Recovery grant through the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies (, as part of their commitment to providing short-term funding and technical assistance to cities to help them adapt streets in service of communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  Madison is one of 10 cities across North America to be selected to participate in this second round of grants from NACTO and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  To see a list of other cities in this grant cohort visit NACTOs Website.

Last Updated: 11/22/2021