ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A new twist on dinner and a movie at an Albuquerque park where food trucks sell the dinner and the movie is free has become very popular, but organizers now worry that its popularity has irked some neighbors and left the event with a cloudy future.
Almost every other Sunday this summer, several food trucks have lined the roads around Bataan Park off Lomas Boulevard near Carlisle Boulevard in northeast Albuquerque for an event called "Films and Food Trucks."
It started as a small event, co-founded by Amy Black, owner of the Supper Truck food cart.
"We put up 'The Goonies' for our first movie and people came out and it's just grown and been a wonderful thing," said Black.
But the event has blown up, now drawing hundreds of people to eat and watch a movie over the course of about five hours. Black says she didn't expect it to get so big so fast, but ultimately; it's what organizers hoped for.
"The neighborhood is out here getting to know each other and it's exactly the kind of community event that we were hoping to put on," said Black.
But according to the city, not everyone feels the same.
"I really do believe we have to take in to consideration, neighborhood associations in the area, and how they feel about it," said Paul Hyso, marketing manager for the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation.
Some neighbors have complained to Parks and Rec about noise, parking and the number of people.
The city says it encourages these types of events.
"We don't want to stifle events, we love that kind of thing, I mean Parks and Recreation, that's what we're here for is to have events like that," said Hyso.
However, Parks and Rec says an event like "Films and Food Trucks" is also unprecedented.
"We've never really had this situation come up in parks before where an organization wants to use a park and especially a small neighborhood park like Bataan over and over and over again throughout the summer," said Hyso.
While organizers have not been shutdown, they wonder if their days are numbered.
"We'd just lose out on a community event that's organically grown and become this really loved thing," said Black.
Organizers want to stay in Bataan Park, but the city isn't sure if they'll let it happen.
"I think that we have to continue to talk to the organizers, the neighborhood association and come up with a solution," said Hyso.
Organizers think they may be forced to move the event around town, but they worry that could kill attendance and confuse people.
"Part of what we love about this park is that it is in a neighborhood so people can walk, ride their bikes. It's visible from Lomas so it's easy to find," said Black.
Organizers were expecting to meet with the city Wednesday for a special events permit meeting, however that meeting was cancelled to allow the city more time to consider all the input they've received. A new meeting has not been scheduled yet.
The Parks and Recreation department is considering negotiating a special agreement with the food truck operators, similar to one that allows the Downtown Growers Market to take place at another city park on a regular basis.
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