The board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association has agreed to back a series of free concerts and food truck appearances in Brook Run Park this summer.

The board voted unanimously to lend its name to a plan for a series of Thursday night events to be called Food Truck Thursdays, DHA President Stacey Harris said.

“From everything we’ve heard, it’s just a great community event,” Harris said. “We have this huge asset in Brook Run. Why not try to build a community event there?”

The events will be similar to food truck-and-music events in Smyrna and the Virginia-Highland area, promoter Bettie Cagle of Red Bird Events told the DHA board during its April 14 meeting.

The proposal now goes to Dunwoody City Council for consideration. Cagle said she plans to ask the city to allow the food-and-music events and to provide garbage pickup and traffic control officers as needed.

If approved, the events could start in May or June, Cagle said at the DHA meeting.

“My intention for this event is to create a trial run for a consistent, community-building event where families and friends can join together [to] listen to live music and meet new people in a positive local environment,” Cagle said in a letter to the DHA.

The events would feature several food trucks and an appearance by local solo musicians or small groups, DHA secretary Bill Grossman said.

The DHA originally had asked the city to finance summer concerts at Brook Run, but several Dunwoody City Council members indicated they didn’t want to spend money on the shows. DHA board members also questioned whether the organization should spend money on the performances.

Under the Red Bird Events proposal, neither the city nor the DHA would spend money on the musicians, promoters said.

Cagle, in her letter to the DHA, said the event would feature several food trucks. “There would be a combination of savory/dinner trucks and sweet/dessert,” she wrote. “After evaluating the success level of each truck, I would suggest a core group of trucks that are in high demand and alternating a few different choices weekly.”

She said in her letter that Red Bird Events did not plan to seek a permit to sell alcohol.

Joe Earle

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