Tom Lee Park Still a Disaster after Memphis in May

Tom Lee Park Still a Disaster after Memphis in May

Tom Lee Park hasn't been cleaned up since Memphis in May vacated. Residents are sick and tired of walking through the trash and mud.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's one of the most visited parks in Memphis and it's a dump. Tom Lee Park hasn't been cleaned up after Memphis in May vacated. Residents are sick and tired of walking through the trash and mud.

"It's tore up from the floor up," said Memphis resident Teresia Banks.

"I don't think the entire city looks good. Grass needs to be cut, not only at the downtown park but all parks," said another resident, Tina Heard.

Tom Lee Park has seen some better days. After having one of the wettest Mays to date, Mother Nature saturated the park. To make matters worse, thousands of people walked there during Memphis in May, and heavy equipment stayed there for a while.

The Riverfront Development Corporation says this year's damage to the park is much worse compared to last year.

"The irrigation system itself is always damaged when you have that many people, and that many trucks on this site, and with a lot of rain you're going to have some failures in the irrigation system," said RDC President Benny Lendermon.

Memphis in May gave RDC a $50,000 damage deposit to rent the park. If it costs more to fix it, they'll have to pay up. People that come here everyday hope the clean up will happen soon.

"Work will be done. You'll see starting tomorrow (Wednesday) you'll see crews over here re-sodding, they'll be fixing some of the infrastructure and working on the irrigation system," said Lendermon.

The Riverfront Development Corporation says Tom Lee Park will be good as new in about 2 weeks.
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