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(DALLAS) - City of Dallas officials today honored a Dallas businessman for his philanthropic spirit when they broke ground for the development of a new park in east Oak Cliff in the Cadillac Heights community. Earlier this year, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board voted to recognize Roland G. Parrish, CEO of Parrish Restaurants, Ltd.

Construction on the budgeted $6 million green space is expected to begin in summer 2024. The new park will feature athletic field and running track, playground, basketball pavilion, lighted loop trail, disc golf, and picnic areas. 

Participating in today’s event were Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold, Harrison Blair, Dallas Park and Recreation Board District 4; Helen Giddings, Former State Representative; and John D. Jenkins, Director, Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Others having remarks included Dallas businessman Hiawatha Williams, CEO and founder of Williams Chicken, and Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax.

Parris owns and operates 27 restaurants in Dallas and surrounding areas. The Dallas Business Journal ranks his company as the second Largest Minority Owned Firm in North Texas. Parrish Restaurants, Ltd consistently makes the Black Enterprise BE 100 as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses in the United States.

As the second largest investor in the Reimagining Red Bird Project, he helped bring new medical facilities, a Marriott Hotel, and hundreds of jobs to the southern sector.

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