BTH: Memphis Riverfront Parks Controversy

Jul 26, 2019

The Memphis River Parks Partnership (MRPP) has proposed renovations to the riverfront, including the redevelopment of Tom Lee Park where Memphis in May is hosted. Since the new design of Tom Lee Park was announced, Memphis in May organizers have voiced disapproval of the plan. 



Get Our Riverfront Right is a group of business professionals who have been involved with Memphis in May, in one form or another. Lyman Aldrich, Rodney Baber, and Denise Bollheimer with Get Our Riverfront Right group join Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries and host Eric Barnes this week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines. 


Guests discuss the controversy surrounding the planned renovations of the riverfront, especially dealing with Tom Lee Park. Aldrich and Baber argue that the proposal lacks the room and amenities needed for Memphis in May. 


Additionally, Bollheimer says that MRPP should have allowed more windows of opportunity for the community's input about the redevelopment plan; believing that if the community had a choice the money would be directed elsewhere.