Renderings released for Tom Lee Park redesign project

Renderings released for Tom Lee Park redesign project
OXBOW PLAZA: A welcoming entry plaza greets visitors and orients them to a range of riverfront and park activities, from boat cruises to basketball. In the heart of the plaza, water features and bright swaths of native plants evoke the movement of the river and provide photo-worthy moments for all ages. Large open areas within the plaza can accommodate public gatherings, art installations, and festival tents.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The renderings for the Tom Lee Park redesign project have been released.

“After hearing from more than 4,000 residents and visitors, and learning from more than 100 years of riverfront planning, we’re thrilled to share a design direction that Memphians can call theirs,” Carol Coletta, CEO and President of Memphis River Parks Partnership said.“Not only will the park host major civic celebrations and festivals, but it will be a crossroads for all of Memphis.”

The redesign, led by Studio Gang and design studio SCAPE, features a new pool area, trails, activity courts, habitat tower, and more.

"The new Tom Lee Park will be a civic space for everyone in Memphis to enjoy. We’ve designed the architecture to float in the landscape like vessels on the river, creating a park that uniquely reflects the changing nature of the Mississippi River and the city along its banks," said Studio Gang Founding Principal Jeanne Gang.

Local students from Douglass High School and Knowledge Quest also had a hand in the redesign of the park.

Construction is set to begin this June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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