Fairgrounds Plans

The Memphis Business Journal reports on the plans for the Fairgrounds.

At a meeting this morning at The Peabody, the Urban Land Institute panel that had assessed the Fairgrounds, made its recommendations to the city of Memphis.

Highlighted ULI panel recommendations:

Creation of Greater Memphis Recreation and Sports Complex, which will include public park, water park, trails and “a very specific indoor sports facility,” according to panelist Nathan Watson.
Repurposing a part or shell of the Mid-South Coliseum as a smaller stage for concerts, graduations and sporting events.
Creation of a 10-acre site for a privately developed commercial water park similar to Six Flags, according to panelist Stephen Whitehouse. The 37-acre public park has potential to include wave and surf pond to create a beach environment in the heart of Memphis, according to panelist Michael Medick.
Tiger Lane will be extended to Central Avenue as part of Memphis Fairgrounds plan.

“The fairgrounds are the center of our city, we must find common ground,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said prior to the announcement of recommendations.

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