Riverside Drive bustling with construction, transformation of Tom Lee Park still underway

Memphis Riverfront transformation now underway

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Construction is underway to transform the area of the Memphis riverfront. Riverside Drive was bustled with activity Tuesday.

“I was jumping up and down! Really excited to see this work get underway,” said Carol Colleta, Memphis River Parks Partnership President and CEO.

Colleta said it is a project that is years in the making.

Tom Lee Park redevelopment now underway

“The riverfront concept under the leadership of Mayor Strickland and Alan Crone was produced in late 2017. By mid-2023 We’ll have 18 blocks of Memphis riverfront transformed,” said Colleta.

CEO of all World Project Management Michael Hooks is making sure construction stays on schedule and the project stays within the budget.

“Right now, our budget is around 60 million,” said Hooks.

The first part of the project will take about a year to complete.

Construction started with the Cutbank Bluff phase.

Tom Lee Park redesign moving forward

“Cutbank Bluff will link what is now Vance Park all the way down the bluff with ADA accessibility,” said Colletta.

Hooks added that employees are making sure to stay safe during the ongoing pandemic.

“There’s an uptick in construction activity all over America right now because most of the activities are outside,” Hooks added.

Colleta hopes that once everything is complete, Memphians feel a sense of pride.

“This is going to be a great place to be morning noon and night,” she said.

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