More good news coming out of Ensley: a new food truck park is arriving on Bush Boulevard. Keep reading to get all the details for the park, opening later this summer.
A family tradition
Joel Callins grew up in Ensley, and his family has lived in the neighborhood since the 1930s. The Ensley community is near and dear to his heart, and it just made sense that this lawyer’s idea for a communal food truck space would be in the heart of the neighborhood he grew up in.
“My grandfather worked in Ensley for 30 years, and he had nine children. All of them attended the local elementary and high schools. The Ensley community was very robust and thriving at the time. It was a community of wonderful people, black professionals, blue collar folks, a whole spectrum of people.
It’s in that tradition that we’re building this concept for the Park.”Joel Callins
What will it look like?
The new park will join a couple other food truck parks in town, including the Birmingham Food Park and Centerpoint Food Truck Park. The first of its kind for Ensley, it will provide a designated space for food trucks to park for a time to serve customers. The space will feature both paved parking spaces for the trucks and greenspace for patrons to gather to enjoy their food.
Additional features of the park include spaces for other vendors like local artists and craftspeople. Live music and spoken word performances will have space at the new food truck park as well.
The location of the space, near Tuxedo Junction, has a special connection to the history of Ensley and the Callins family.
“The property that the future Park sits on is one of the properties that my father, a dentist in Ensley, bought. After his passing, our family wanted to honor his legacy and the tradition of our community.
To do that, we decided to put together a positive, creative, family-oriented space for folks to come together, enjoy themselves and eat good food.”Joel Callins
Ready to park it?
The upcoming venue is currently accepting applications for food trucks to park themselves on the lot. Interested food truck owners can apply for a parking spot here.
Their goal is for the park to open around Labor Day weekend of this year. They also hope to have an event space in the park, so expect some more fun announcements from them soon.
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