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A New Food Park Will Pop Up in South Dallas’s Forest District

The MLK Food Park brings a new community gathering space with tons of exciting dining options via a new pop-up series

vegan “shrimp” with walnuts and cranberries
Soulgood Texas Vegan will be a vendor at the new MLK Food Park in the Forest District

A block in Dallas’s Forest District neighborhood will be transformed into a food truck park and community market every weekend through April starting this Friday, April 9.

MLK Food Park is the work of the Better Block Foundation, who surveyed the residents of the Forest District to identify the neighborhood’s needs. According to a press release, residents wanted a community gathering space that could also include an abundant variety of food choices. Working with The Real Estate Council’s community investors, Better Block has transformed a vacant lot at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Street into a park featuring community flowerbeds, public art, a children’s play area, pergolas for shade, and green space for social distancing. Local vendors, musicians and other entertainment will also set up in the park, every weekend through May 2.

a rendering of a food truck park
A rendering of the park shows the shady picnic tables and vendor stalls
MLK Food Park

The organizations also wanted to provide an incubator-like environment for culinary entrepreneurs like bakers and food trucks. A rotation of those businesses will be on hand each weekend, including Smith Spot BBQ, Soulgood Texas Vegan, Bri’s Bakes and Seaux Tasty Creole Fusion.

The project is just the latest in TREC’s efforts to revitalize the Forest District. Other projects include the restoration of the historic Forest Theater, and a park to be built under an I-45 underpass. TREC is also investing in local businesses.

MLK Food Park will be open Fridays: 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays 11 2 p.m., through May 2.