$5.2M donated to Memphis River Parks for riverfront development

Revitalizing the riverfront

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis River Parks Partnership is getting an additional $5.2 million to redesign the riverfront.

The investment is from the Hyde Family Foundation, and the transformation will make it one of the crown jewels of the city.

It comes with the official opening brand new River Garden.

The River Garden on the north end of the riverfront is a great place to play or just gather.

It is all part of the connecting of all the parks along the river with a $70 million campaign that is already close to $32 million, helped along with a just announced $5 million donation from the Hyde Family Foundation.

"Imagine what is going to happen, we will not only have a magnificent river, we will have a magnificent riverfront tied to a magnificent city full of magnificent people,” said Barbara Hyde with the Hyde Family Foundation. “So we're very, very, grateful to be a part of it."

$5.2M donated to Memphis River Parks

The transformation of the riverfront with the new river line that includes a walking trail that connects the Big River Crossing to the Wolf River Greenway is just part of the transformation.

"I think it’s amazing to have more places downtown where we can come with the family and the kids can run around and play,” said father Bill Ganus. “We can have food and drink, a cool place to see the Memphis riverfront."

It’s a very cool place with the official opening of the River Garden Park at Riverside and Jefferson.

There are swings to spin around in, a birds’ nests for people to get in and look around, pavilion walkways, and even a place to roast marshmallows over a fire.

"We have a really good riverfront but I think we need a great riverfront and this is a small taste of what we can do all across the river, connecting all parks and really putting cool stuff here that is going to engage people,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

“We believe in this and we want this to happen,” Hyde said. “We want to be part of knitting together these beautiful assets.”

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