Memphis In May Yields To Memphis in Mud

Memphis In May Yields To Memphis in Mud

Memphis In May left downtown Memphis in mud. Tom Lee Park, the site of last weekend's Beale Street Music Festival, is trashed. Big crowds, mixed with rain made for a mighty mess along the mighty Mississippi.
MEMPHIS, TN -- Memphis In May left downtown Memphis in Mud. Tom Lee Park, the site of last weekend's Beale Street Music Festival, is trashed. Big crowds, mixed with rain made for a mighty mess along the mighty Mississippi.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Michael Cole, one of the crew members taking apart metal flooring at the park. "We had more trucks I think stuck sunday night then ever before."

"I just bought these shoes on thursday, and they are already covered," he added.

Crews were hard at work on Tuesday evening, taking apart stages and getting ready for Barbeque Fest. Set-up for that starts on Saturday.

Large portions of the park were reduced to mud, some with large tire tracks and ruts from cranes and moving trucks.

"After as much rain as we had over the weekend, I'm actually pleasantly surprised, said Diane Hampton, with Memphis In May. "The drying today has been a great benefit, and the park is not as bad as I've seen it be." 

"This will come back very quickly and there is no concerns here," said Hampton. "We are pretty experienced at restoring this park quickly and we really have no concerns."

The Riverfront Development Corporation is in charge of park clean-up. On Tuesday afternoon, Benny Lendermon estimated clean-up could cost more than $50,000.

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