An internationally acclaimed artist is creating artwork for Tom Lee Park that will ask visitors a profound question: Can you put the welfare of others ahead of yourself, like the great Tom Lee did in 1925 when the African American river worker risked his life to pull 32 people from the Mississippi?
A riverfront for everyone.
Memphis history is powered by the world’s greatest river. For years, Memphians have dreamed of a riverfront whose majesty matches the river it frames.
Today, guided by the Memphis Riverfront Concept, Memphis River Parks Partnership is transforming underused and disconnected parks, former industrial sites, parks formerly housing Confederate monuments, a historic cobblestone landing, forgotten land behind flood walls and arteries in disadvantaged neighborhoods into a connected, catalytic and inclusive system of public parks and trails with equity as a driving value.
At its center sits Tom Lee Park—the most visible and accessible riverfront real estate. Drawing inspiration from the river itself, this front door to Memphis is being reimagined as a vibrant and dynamic civic space that finally connects the city to its river in beautiful, sustainable and equitable ways.
|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
Tom Lee Park opening 2023
|Design Team||Groundswell Design Group, SCAPE Studio, Studio Gang|
Memphis River Parks Partnership
|Project Leader||Carol Coletta|
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