Thursday, May 7, 2009

Memphians: Seize the opportunity!

We now have an opportunity to leap-frog Memphis to a level shared by some of the most recreationally rich cities. This opportunity is again available in the form of the second round public meetings hosted by the Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC).

In these meetings unlike the Phase I meetings in March, the public will be narrowing down all ideas suggested by voting on 10 different master plans. We want to make sure that the skate park, snake run, childre's play ground, splash parks and year round access are well represented by our votes.

At the core of the revitalized Mud Island is the skate park. All other amenities will be built around it's powerful repeat draw which we know is a given considering the high repeat nature of the activity and its ranking as the # 3 national pass-time.

Dream and build it but first show up

This facility would be large enough to host the X-games or the Mountain dew tour-both of which are hugely popular events. What many are unaware of is that skateboarding and other “actions sports” such as rollerblading are now mainstream activities in cities across the U.S. In 2004, Sports illustrated called skateboarding the “greatest influence on the American youth culture of the late 20th century.”

Please join Skatelife in making Memphis as rich in it’s recreational outlets as it already is with its food and music culture.

The most critical factor right now for this project to move forward is your presence at these meetings. It's all about holding our officials accountable for doing something with the $400,000 dollars they are spending on these meetings!

There will be two meetings

1.Memphis Botanical Gardens
Tuesday May 12th, from 5:45 - 7:15 pm
Location: Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road (near Audobon Park)

2. Downtown Meeting
Thursday May 14th from 5:45 - 7:15 pm
Location:MIRP Harbor Landing, 101 Island Drive (gate security will give
directions) Basically drive to Mud Island and go through the security gates. It's
on Mud Island.

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