Riverfront park getting a million-dollar renovation

The Mississippi River Park is getting a million-dollar renovation.

Friday, the City of Memphis filed a $1.4 million building permit for renovations to Mississippi River Park, located near the entrance to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Last month, the City of Memphis and the new Memphis River Parks Partnership, formerly known as the Riverfront Development Corp., submitted plans with the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development to build open-air dining pavilions out of deconstructed shipping containers and elevated tree houses reminiscent of bird nests.

Carol Coletta, president and CEO of the River Parks Partnership, said the work should begin the first week of June and is expected to be completed just after Labor Day weekend, so the park can host the 2018 RiverArtsFest.

In April, the nonprofit, all-volunteer fine arts festival announced it was relocating from its 11-year stint on South Main, between Webster and Huling avenues, to a closed section of Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Union avenues. The renovated Mississippi River Park will border the festival on the west.

Temporary street closures due to the return of the trolley line and construction underway at Central Station caused the festival's board of directors to look for another location. “

We are delighted to welcome RiverArtsFest to what will be our newest jewel on the riverfront, Mississippi River Park at Fourth Bluff,” Coletta said in an April press release. “This will be one of the first public events in the new park, which we expect to complete this fall. It is a perfect home for an event of this scale.”

Michelle Corbet, Reporter
Memphis Business Journal