Memphis Park sits atop the river bluff on Front Street between Court and Jefferson, connected by a bridge along the Promenade to the University of Memphis School of Law and Cossitt Library. With sweeping views of the riverfront and beautiful shade trees, Memphis Park is unique, offering the only green space in the downtown area that provides a visual connection between downtown and the Mississippi River.
Fourth Bluff plans for improvements and activation will transform Memphis Park into a functional and attractive place of relaxation and play for the entire community— a daytime garden for respite and escape, and an evening and weekend magnet for entertainment.
Through site improvements, the addition of key amenities, and engagement through strategic programming, it will become a one-of-a-kind space for the community, one that evolves and transforms based on public input— a true “design-from-the-bottom-up” approach.
In addition to site maintenance, landscape improvements and new Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the park, Memphis Park will be connected to the surrounding civic assets and attractions through a language of wayfinding signage, pathways and indicators.
The activation will cultivate a daytime garden for respite and escape, and an evening and weekend magnet for entertainment. Programming opportunities may include seasonal farmers markets to increase access to fresh local food, fairs, art shows and performances, outdoor concerts and movie screenings, etc. A variety of food and beverage options and flexible seating arrangements will create reasons for visitors to stay and enjoy the park. A programmable light display will create a unique eye-catching canopy throughout the trees that will also serve as a beacon for any passersby.