Daily Memphian — "New Tom Lee Park plans include large open spaces, fountain, treetop walkway"



"The new Tom Lee Park concept juxtaposes large open spaces for music festivals and barbecue contests with more intimate everyday settings. . . . A hammock grove, a path along the rock-strewn river’s edge, an elevated walkway extending over treetops. Land forms to break up the flat terrain have been pulled back from the water, toward Riverside Drive, to create new overlooks and nooks for terraced seating, a river-themed playground and backyard grilling.

Designers have put more emphasis on connecting the park to Downtown neighborhoods up the bluff, Ashburn-Coppock Park and Big River Crossing to the south and the Promenade to the north.The connections are so important that organizers say construction on them can start this fall, leaving the main part of the park available for music and barbecue crowds this fall and next May.

The latest concept, unveiled Wednesday, May 20, by the Memphis River Parks Partnership and project designers, appears equally informed by city-ordered mediation and Army Corps of Engineers feedback."

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