The first “parklet” in Dallas will open in Bishop Arts this summer if construction goes as planned.

Neighbor Amanda Popken received a grant from the North Texas Council of governments to replace a couple of parking spaces with a park space on Eighth Street at Bishop Avenue, just outside of Veracruz Cafe.

She says she expects the tiny park to draw customers into the neighborhood.

“Although many businesses are focused on keeping staff employed and doors open right now, we know that parklets will help by attracting customers and enticing them to stay longer and spend more money at nearby businesses,” Popken says.

It will have seating as well as parking for five bicycles. Bob Meckfessel and Andrea Gonzalez of Oak Cliff-based DSGN Associates designed the parklet, along with Mikel Wilkens of TBG and Gary Buckner of Stash Designs.