MLK FOOD PARK

An experiment in community gathering and local flavors.

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!

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Do you live near MLK Blvd in the Forest District? Are you a chef with some good food that needs to be shared in South Dallas? 

 

An outdoor food park is popping up in your neighborhood from April 9 - May 2 as part of a community-led placemaking event, and we want to hear from you!

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, 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

Believe in yourself. Grow your business. Share your creation.

Try out a mobile storefront at the MLK Blvd Food Park between April 9 - May 2, 2021. 

South and Southern Dallas has a great many talented chefs, many of whom have been affected by the closure of the 2020 State Fair and the pandemic. The MLK Blvd Food Park will be a creative, community-driven way of celebrating food and supporting the local economy. From April 9 - May 2, we are transforming the empty lot at 1611 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd into a delicious experiment, welcoming vendors, art, light, architecture, music, and community into a family-friendly space. We will take care of the build-out, the tables, and the ambience. We just need you to bring the food!

 

The MLK Blvd Food Park is seeking vendors who have great dishes for sale, have explored permitting / catering, and are looking for an opportunity to test out a physical location without the costs of a food truck or brick-and-mortar restaurant. While there is an application process, preference will be given to chefs and concepts based in the Forest District or adjacent neighborhoods. There is no cost to apply or participate, and we may be able to assist with any permitting or other needs you may have to serve at the food park. 

We are early in the process, so please apply and give us time to get back to you with details. If you have questions, please contact Desiree Powell at desireed.powell@gmail.com .

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.