Spring is in the Air

What a beautiful riverfront we have!
People starting to get out and enjoy our riverfront even in February on one of those early-spring type days.

Justin Timberlake Throwback - Trek in Memphis

Excellence in Design Top Honor Award for Big River Crossing

Big River Crossing is the new place to celebrate being a Memphian, and it's not just Memphians who recognize the exciting transformation of the historic Harahan Bridge. The non-profit Waterfront Center in Washington, DC has awarded Big River Crossing its Excellence in Design Top Honor Award for 2017, placing Memphis on an esteemed list of international projects that have won the award over the past 30 years.

On hand to receive the award on behalf of Charlie McVean and all the people who made this project happen, were U.S. Representative Steve Cohen, without whose active participation the project could not have succeeded, and Virginia McLean of Friends for Our Riverfront, which nominated the project for the international award.
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What's Happening on & in the Water Matters

Would it be a good idea to reconnect Wolf River to Wolf River Harbor? 

In Memphis, most of us stay on the land, except perhaps for a riverboat cruise or a paddle in the harbor. Historically we've been afraid of the Mississippi River. It's big and powerful, and, at Memphis water quality is not safe for swimming or for eating the fish we catch.

But that's changing. Races like the Canoe & Kayak Race and Dragon Boat Race are getting more people out on the water. Groups, including the River Warriors, are tackling the trash. There's a plan to repair and encourage people to use the Cobblestone Landing, and now that the Wolf River Greenway has reached its confluence with the Mississippi, there's talk about looking into whether it'd be a good idea to reconnect Wolf River to Wolf River Harbor.

A picnic on one the pristine sandbars nearby and an afternoon swim can forever transform even the staunchest landlubber into a river steward for life. As Joe Royer, a longtime advocate for the River and recreation on it, says: people in the Rockies didn't level the mountains; they learned to ski and not only had fun but developed a huge new revenue source as they did it.

Click "read more" for a quick look at what's happening ON & IN the water in Chattanooga, Columbus, New York, and downriver at Clarksdale, MS. --

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Harahan - Important Role Then & Now

This is the fascinating history of Harahan Bridge and the role it played in Memphis and U.S. history.

Big River Crossing - Big News

A huge hit! Big River Crossing opened Sat., Oct. 22, 2016. It's the transformation of the historic Harahan Bridge that adds a bike and pedestrian crossing from TN to AR across the Mississippi River at Memphis.

The brainchild of Charles McVean, Big River Crossing is "nearly a mile long, the longest public, pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi." Harahan Bridge was built as a railroad bridge with "wagon ways" on each side, boardwalks for wagons and automobiles.

It's the boardwalk on the north side that is becoming the new pedestrian/bike pathway. Big River Crossing is a major component in what's being called the green renaissance in the Memphis, and it brings that green vision downtown to our riverfront.

At a cost of $17.5M, Big River Crossing is part of the larger 10 mile "Main to Main" $43M connector project between Main Street in Memphis and Broadway Ave. in downtown West Memphis. It has led to the creation of a 1,700 acre Delta Regional Park adjacent to the Bridge in AR that includes a seven-mile trail system and to the Big River Parkway Levee trail (73-miles) funded and under construction in Eastern Arkansas.

Update on Memphis Industrial Port

Wayne Risher, for the Commercial Appeal, takes a brief look at the condition of Memphis's Industrial Port -- the need for an update and its cost.
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Memphis in May on the River

Beale Street Music Festival on the River in Tom Lee Park!
Apr. 29 - May 1
Click HERE for line-up, ticket information, and more. 

10 City Parks Changed America

Do you realize that Memphis has an almost connected system of parks and public spaces along our waterfront? 

The PBS series, "10 City Parks that Changed America," shares the history of our urban parks and their potential to change our cities environmentally, socially, economically, aesthetically, ....

Memphis's own Overton Park is one of the 10! To watch the video, click HERE.

Don Richardson (1950 - 2016)

Donald Sanders Richardson, a founding board member of Friends for
Our Riverfront, died in Memphis on Feb. 3.  Lovingly nickmaned “the tree man,”  Don,  was widely respected as a conservationist and advocate for sustainability, environmental justice, and public parks.
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