Compare with Central Park in New York City, they have restaurants that serve the dreadful alcohol, carts that serve a "variety" of products, and picnics with alcohol. In Toronto, they create rules and menus that need to be approved, that all have to follow because of the bureaucrats enjoy the authority that it brings them. We can't have an outdoor tavern by a pond or park lake.
I agree w/the gist of the above; but worth saying, Toronto does have licensed restaurants in parks, in both the Eastern Beaches and the Western Beaches.
Neither is particularly good, and the one in the east was particularly controversial for its lease terms and the nature of same being issued. (one company has a monopoly on concessions in the Eastern Beaches)
But again, that does speak to a bureaucracy not functioning particularly well.