Dark since 1982, this Fort Worth landmark could be revived as a farmer’s market


It’s been nearly 40 years dark and another old Fort Worth landmark is back.

Farmers markets will be open with old ones until the city is OK Fort Worth Recreation Building,good looking Near the south side 215 W. Vickery Blvd landmark. Located on the edge of downtown.

With the jazz great Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker I played at a place called “South Side Wreck” at that time. Mahalia Jackson sang there.

The· Texas Wesleyan Rams The men’s basketball team played there except when it rained. At least four times, Wesleyan’s game was canceled on a leaky roof, and Rams played around a drip bucket the other night.

Peasant in Mansfield Caleb and Keila BuckFrom a family-owned farm dating back to the 1850s, we want to move our weekly downtown market events to recreation buildings and parking lots. They are planning to open a second location in the Mansfield grocery store. Local peasantNext door, Calebback said.

Bucks has a fencing company that started selling produce from their farm during last year’s pandemic. That is Mansfield’s 206N. Main St. It led to the opening of The Local Farmer in, which soon led to a busy weekly market.

“Farmers markets are the lifeblood of agriculture. They put money back into the hands of small people, not big companies,” Calebback said.

He was thinking of expanding from Mansfield. Kayla told him he should see South Main Village.

At first he said to her, “Oh no, I don’t want to go there!”

“But I haven’t been there for seven years,” Calebback said.

It’s been 7 years and 180 degree turnaround since South Main Street was a day labor pickup site with bars on most windows.

Now it’s a solid urban development with trendy restaurants, more apartments every day, and enviable locations for commuter trains just a few blocks from downtown.

Used for everything from dance classes to dog shows, the 1927 gym Rec Hall is “a completely unrestored, most valuable landmark on the Near South Side,” said Mike Brennan of Near South Side. Says.

Calebback explained that local farmers used the building only as a haven for indoor and outdoor farmers markets.

But that’s better than not using it at all.

“We are excited about the short-term use that draws people into the building and shows them the potential,” Brennan said.

On Friday, I couldn’t contact the landowner Tom Reynolds, the owner of the reborn Recordtown music store and other nearby shops.

Mr. Buck looked at a nearby property and learned about the recreational building that Reynolds has lovingly repaired and restored over the last decade as a Fort Worth musical landmark.

The building opened in June 1927 as a “playground and community center” on the south side, said RD Evans, director of urban recreation at the time. It closed in 1982.

“This brings a grocery store to the district and paves the way for a grocery store,” Brennan said. (There are several other small grocery stores in South Main Village.)

In the past, indoor farmers markets struggled downtown, but that’s There were more than 30,000 residents in the business district, And no one had the heritage of a recreation building.

It will be the second building in a few months to make a dramatic comeback. The New Isis Cinema in the Stockyard reopened 30 years later.

The market will be “new for downtown Fort Worth,” Buck said.

A place where the old can become the new.

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