Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in his end-of-week update email that disagreements over Tom Lee Park will be worked out.
Memphis In May (MIM) voiced concerns last week over the Memphis River Parks Partnership’s (MRPP) proposed redesign of Tom Lee Park. The groups met Tuesday with Studio Gang, the park’s designer, and Architect Inc., the local firm MIM used to vet MRPP’s design with its needs.
“We had a very productive meeting,” reads a joint statement issued Tuesday by MIM and MRPP. “Our teams will continue to work together over the next couple of weeks to address the remaining issues with the goal of producing these two big Memphis in May weekends in a new signature riverfront park.
“We will meet again the week of March 18th and feel confident we’ll reach a solution together that works for the community.”
With that (and likely some behind-the-scenes insight) Strickland said this of the past friction: “My advice: Don’t worry about it too much.”
“This week, our office asked leaders of the Memphis River Parks Partnership and Memphis in May to get together to work through specific issues,” Strickland said in a Friday statement. “They made meaningful progress. Like I’ve been saying for three years now, we can do so much in Memphis when we work together and build consensus behind the scenes.
”My goal remains the same: I want a Tom Lee Park that is an asset all 365 days a year, and I want a Memphis in May that continues to thrive. We will accomplish both.”