Courtesy of Memphis CVB
Memphis Grizzlies to debut the Grizzlies Riverfront Fitness Trail and Pop-up Park at Tom Lee Park in early September
Project made possible through partnership with the Riverfront Development Corporation, Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. and the Division of Parks and Neighborhoods
The Grizzlies Riverfront Fitness Trail and Pop-Up Park, which includes six fitness stations, full-sized sand volleyball courts and a soccer field, will debut its unique usage of green space along the western edge of Tom Lee Park in early September, the team announced today.
Following several other recent "tactical urbanism" projects that have successfully used temporary activation techniques to improve urban environments, the Grizzlies Riverfront Fitness Trail and Pop-Up Park seeks to inspire long-term changes in parks and green spaces around Memphis. The trail will stretch along the western edge of Tom Lee Park between the existing sidewalk and river bank and feature six fitness stations designed for participants of all fitness levels: Pull-up bars, monkey bars, battle ropes, abdominal benches, plyometric boxes and an obstacle course. The trail will also debut two full-size sand volleyball courts and a lined soccer field with goals.
“Tom Lee Park is an iconic park in Memphis and one we thought was not utilized to potential for 11 months of the year,” said Diane Terrell, executive director of the Memphis Grizzlies Community Investment and Grizzlies Foundation. “We saw an opportunity to introduce some cool enhancements that we believe will drive more usage – increasing not only the overall number of users but their frequency of use. The three-month experiment will also help to generate a public conversation about all the many ways we can transform urban green spaces like this one to meet community demand.”
Eco-friendly with a simplistic design that relies largely on repurposed materials, the equipment will add to the existing park assets - sidewalks, bike lanes and stairs used daily by recreationists at Tom Lee Park. The equipment, volleyball courts and soccer field will be available for public use with the intent of generating various community-driven fitness events, classes and opportunities.
“The staff and board of directors of the Riverfront Development Corporation couldn’t be more pleased to partner with the Memphis Grizzlies and the City of Memphis to increase the enjoyment of Tom Lee Park and the Memphis riverfront,” says RDC President Benny Lendermon. “The addition of these new fitness features goes hand-in-hand with the recreational amenities of Beale Street Landing and supports our mission of bringing more people to the riverfront. This project fits nicely with my vision for the future of our riverfront," said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. "I envision shopping, dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities that will draw more and more people to the banks of our beloved river, which will generate additional sales tax revenue for our City."
"The park was designed to function as a Festival Park for the City,” adds Janet Hooks, director of City Parks and Neighborhoods. “The openness of the park allows for multi-purpose uses of the space during non-festival periods and allows people to use and enjoy the park for alternative urban sports like bike polo and disc golf during non-festival periods. The important thing is that we are providing access to a great space for outdoor activities; we want people to be engaged."
More information about the Grizzlies Riverfront Fitness Trail and Pop-Up Park can be found online at GetRiverFit.com and Facebook.com/RiverFit. Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #GetRiverFit when posting about the park to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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