Oct 11, 2021 - Food and Drink

Polk County proposes bringing food trucks to Lauridsen Skatepark

Kody Tamanaha, a professional skateboarder from Hawaii, practicing at the Lauridsen Skatepark.
Kody Tamanaha, a professional skateboarder from Hawaii, practicing at the Lauridsen Skatepark. Photo courtesy of Dew Tour

One thing missing from the new Lauridsen Skatepark? Food vendors.

  • But a Polk County proposal could change that.

Why it matters: Food and fun are great teammates. Vendors and more special events could help make the venue pop.

Driving the news: Food trucks would be allowed in a section of the park twice a week under Polk's request for a conditional use permit from Des Moines.

  • Special events could also take place up to twice a month.

State of play: The county-owned park is already a major draw and earned the metro some national spotlight for hosting the only U.S. skateboarding qualifying Olympics event this year.

  • Improvements like art have been added in recent weeks.

What's next: The Des Moines Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider the request at its Oct. 27 meeting.

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