Mayor tries to shut down parks controversy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mayor tries to shut down parks controversy

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton tried to shut down the issue on the confederate parks today.

He presented this resolution to a council committee that wanted nothing to do with it.

The resolution deals with Forrest Park with the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. The mayor proposed the park be leased to U.T. Memphis. U.T. Would maintain the park but if the University wanted to make any changes, the city administration would have to approve it. The council committee couldn't even get a second on the Mayor's resolution.

Mayor Herenton said, "there are 13 of them and quite frankly they operate as individuals so I don't know what's going to happen with the parks. As far as I'm concerned this is a non issue."  

The mayor says the city needs to move on. The issue is likely not a non issue with the city council.

The council can still bring up the issue of renaming the parks. It might come up in the full council.

Action News 5's Janice Broach will have this story tonight at 5:00.

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