Let your ideas for the Memphis riverfront be heard

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Want to see a change in the landscape of the Memphis Riverfront?

The city wants to hear from you.

The Riverfront Task Force has put together a survey asking for your input into how the riverfront can be better for you and your family.

The survey is one of the first steps by the River Front Task Force, a group WREG first told you about last month. Their goals are to make the riverfront appeasing and accessible to everyone.

Everyone has their own reason why they enjoy spending time on the banks of the Mississippi.

“It’s just nice to come out here and listen to the water,” said park go-er Tiffany Gordon as she enjoyed views of the Mississippi River from a park bench in Tom Lee Park.

Or perhaps venture out to Tom Lee Park and Mud Island.

“I usually go for runs or walks in the middle of the day,” said Sally Youssef as she walked through Tom Lee.

“The riverfront is our front door. There are 40 million cars at come across that bridge every year and probably 30 million that come across the old bridge every year. This is what people see when they come to Memphis and it’s also a great amenity for our citizens,” explained Alan Crone, Chairman of the Riverfront Task Force.

An amenity the city wants to improve.

On Tuesday they released a survey, open to everyone in bluff city. They want to know what you currently like about the riverfront and what things would make you go there more often like added bars and restaurants or more outdoor activities.

Alan Crone, chairman of the mayor’s riverfront task force said one of the big things they want to improve is accessibility. They want to make sure the riverfront is easy to get to from downtown and other parts of the city.

“It needs to be accessible for everybody and it’s a common amenity that we all share,” explained Crone.

Park go-er’s WREG talked to have ideas of what can be improved.

Restrooms definitely. Maybe a swing, ya know? For the kids. Little bit more activity and a shade possibly, a shade tree would be nice,” said Gordon.

“I am thinking probably a few more trails would be kinda interesting, it sorta just ends down at the end there,” added Youssef.

Several foundations have put up the $350,000 to fund this development study.

“And they’ve asked the River Front Development Corporation match that with $350,000 for execution and programming once we come up with a plan,” explained Crone.

Crone said ultimately the goal is once people get to the park find a way to make them want to stay there.

The survey takes about five minutes to fill out. You can fill it out anytime in the next three months or so.

If you would like to fill out the survey click here.

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