MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A multi-million dollar renovated park is almost complete in Whitehaven. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation is spending $5.4 million on David Carnes park, revamping it into BlueCross Healthy Place.
“We brought the neighbors out, the children in the community to say what it is they would like to see in this park,” said Councilwoman Patrice Robinson.
Whitehaven Elementary School students designed ideas which were implemented into the 9-acre park, including a new splash pad, obstacle course, and 40-yard dash track.
Robinson was a fundamental player in influencing Blue Cross Blue Shield to fund the project. The park is in her district.
“We’re most excited about, we have an indoor bathroom! Finally, we don’t have to use the porta-potty and they have a pavilion,” said Robinson.
The park is named after David Carnes, whose grandson says he’s excited for the park to open soon.
“I was born and raised here,” said Gerald Sinclair. “My grandfather was the owner and all of this property was his and this was where we grew up.”
Sinclair’s grandfather was a blacksmith and one of the first African-Americans to acquire land in the Whitehaven community.
“He grew up in the depths of poverty and he wanted to do better than that for himself and his family,” said Sinclair. “I can’t wait till they open the gates and I’ll be one of the first to take advantage of it.”
We are told a firm opening date has not yet been set.