Today’s Memphis Commercial Appeal brings a story about Mud Island, the 52-acre buffer between downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River. Long an attraction for tourists, the island hasn’t quite caught on with locals.While homefolks are always the toughest critics of any local park or attraction, the very best parks, such as Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park or Chicago’s new Millenium Park, are those where travelers can see a great place AND the people who live around it.
In the article, general manager Trey Giuntini makes an important point: “When I was here as a city employee, you wouldn’t allow a person to
rollerblade, skateboard or bring a bicycle into the park,” Giuntini
said. “Now, under RDC, we open this up for bicycles, skateboards. …
We want people to come down and use this park.”
That’s the spirit!