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MLK FOOD PARK

1611 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

April 9th - May 2nd, 2021

Fridays: 6PM-8PM

Saturdays & Sundays: 11AM - 2PM

The MLK Food Park will be a colorful and vibrant space in the Forest District of South Dallas. Designed by the Better Block as part of The Real Estate Council's Dallas Catalyst Project, the temporary space is intended to address multiple concerns: provide much needed community space for the Forest District neighborhood, create a pop-up "incubator" for South and Southern Dallas culinary entrepreneurs, and serve as a testing ground for Dallas policy change addressing low barrier, mobile food vending options.

The park, which will be open and tested for one month, will feature a variety of shipping container storefronts, building facades, food trailers, food trucks, and carts to further the conversation around permitting more affordable, rapidly deployable food vending options in the City of Dallas. For the neighbors, the space will have features as determined by the community via this survey, and a means to safely gather outside during a time of social distancing. 

Open on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from April 9 - May 2, this park needs your support. Please visit, sample the food, listen to some local music, and provide your feedback through the onsite surveys to help us move this project forward to potential permanency and change Dallas food policy!

PARKING

The MLK Food Park is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April 9 - May 2, 2021. 

 

Visitors can experience the community space, enjoy a bite from one of our many local eateries, walk through the community garden, play in the kid's play area, and give input on the future of mobile food vending options for Dallas.  

Vendors will change daily, so check the calendar for the latest updates.

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As they say, "It takes a village!"

 

A mobile food park is an untested concept in Dallas, and we need all the help we can get to bring it to life.

 

We invite neighbors, organizations, groups, and urban enthusiasts to come swing a hammer and sling a paintbrush at one of our many volunteer workshops. All ages welcome!

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WHY TEMPORARY?

Test, Analyze, Work Toward Permanency 

It's important to note that this a one-month installation. During this time, we'll be able to gather data and feedback to inform any long-term changes, plans, and designs. 

We want to know from you what you like, what you hate, and what you want to see more of. If something doesn't work out, that's okay! This is all about testing and experimenting and then sharing results. 

Public art display options, outdoor gallery space

Comfortable seating, play elements, food, and nature all woven together. 

A wide variety of dining options create visual interest in an undeveloped space. 

PARTICIPANTS

The success of the MLK food park is due to these community groups. 

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VENDORS

Vendor applications are FULL! 

 

Over 60 South and Southern Dallas food and merchandise vendors, local performers, and programming partners are sharing their talents over 4 weekends. Every day will have new faces, flavors, and sounds. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

COVID-19 Announcement

The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We ask that whenever you visit the Food Park, please wear a mask and maintain safe social distancing. We will install hand sanitizer stations and encourage you to use them.