Thank YOU!

A big thank you to all of you who came down to TN Brewery Untapped's  Beer with Benefits and dropped your tokens in the bottle to support Friends for Our Riverfront. We just received a check for $223 from YOU!

We'd like to spend it on something for the riverfront that you care about - maybe a swing, hammock, tree, flowers, kites, popsicles for a hot day, map,…?   Please send your suggestions either via a post on Facebook or by email to

And for fun, a look back in time --

  • Your ideas and suggestions from the 2007 Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race.  Click, HERE

  •  Some photos from TN Brewery Untapped.

2 Riverfront Projects on "Pork" List for Wasteful Government Spending in TN

A taxpayer watchdog group, Beacon Center, says Memphis is the worst example in the state of government spending gone wild - not a ranking to brag about.

The millions of taxpayer dollars being spent converting the Pyramid into a Bass Pro and the $40M spent  on Beale Street Landing were two of the projects the report singles out.

Click HERE to read the report.

Downtown Trolleys - Gone for how long?

Downtown trolleys, the ones that circle downtown and run along the riverfront, have been sent to the barn, replaced, at least temporarily, by big green buses. Fires on the Madison Ave. line have MATA examining the problem and promising to repair or replace the trolley cars over the next 3 to 6 months. 

The trolley cars were never known for speed or on-time reliability, and the new big green buses are air conditioned. But the buses are out-of-scale for our historic downtown. And charm? Well, they haven't any.

Thanks to State Representative Barbara Cooper, a public meeting was held Monday, July 14 to discuss when and if the trolleys will run again. MATA representatives were there to answer questions. 

If you missed the meeting, here's a quick recap and links for more information and email address for your input.  
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Greenways App - Free Download

The Mid-South Greenways app is a fantastic way to learn about the trails, bike lanes, and parks in the Mid-South and how to navigate between them. The interactive map shows both street and satellite views, and sometimes most importantly, where you are at the moment.

It's free and available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Download it now on the AppStore or Google Play store by clicking the corresponding button below.

"History Detectives" Share the Story of the Sultana

The steamship Sultana exploded in 1865, killing 1,700 of its estimated 2,300 passengers. It was the worst maritime disaster in American history, and it happened just about 10 miles N. of Memphis.

The side-wheeler was overloaded with former Union soldiers heading home from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps in Andersonville, GA and Cahaba, AL. They had boarded the ship in Vicksburg where the Sultana's boiler had been patched. The riverboat stopped briefly at the Cobblestone Landing in Memphis and crossed the River to Hopewell, AR before the explosion on April 27, 1865.

PBS "History Detectives" investigate the disaster, in the 1st episode of their new series. Click HERE to watch online. Free.