Over the weekend, the Beale Street Music Festival returned to the recently renovated Tom Lee Park, much to everyone’s delight. But how is the park now, and was there any significant harm? Thousands of concertgoers returned to the banks of the Mississippi River for three days of music after a three-year break brought on by the pandemic and park repairs.
Things, in our opinion, went quite nicely. Everyone who participated in the festival—vendors, sponsors, and attendees—had a great day, and Candace Gray with the Memphis River Parks Partnership reported that the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
Over $60 million has been spent on redesigning the park by the Memphis River Parks Partnership. We wanted to see if there was any substantial damage to the park, but now that the music has stopped and the spectators have left.
George Abbott, Director of External Affairs for MRPP, said, “Thank goodness it didn’t rain this weekend because that probably avoided some impact on the park, and it’s simply lovely to see people enjoying using Tom Lee Park. There was some damage during the load-in from vendors.
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Memphis in May and the MRPP disagreed about Tom Lee Park earlier this year due to a necessary damage deposit. Due to the increased number of events that festival visitors will attend during the month, the park now has new curving walkways, a picturesque bridge, terraced stones, shrubs, flowers, and more than 1,000 new trees.
The World Championship BBQ Festival is approaching, but Beale Street Music Fest is over. So, after everything is finished, we can understand what happened and what needs to be fixed or remedied,” said Gray. As Tom Lee Park prepares for its formal opening in September, the MRPP will conduct additional repairs and restart construction in June.
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To ensure that Tom Lee is prepared for the Labor Day weekend, Gray stated, “We’re open to seeing what we can do.” Additionally, we spoke with Memphis in May organizers about the damage. They indicated that they were unable to remark at this time.
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