City of Memphis Announces New Liberty Park Destination
21 Aug, 2020
The City of Memphis is proud to announce the evolution of the historic Fairgrounds property, a collection of cultural, education, entertainment and recreation institutions, into an expanded and unified campus vision now to be known as Liberty Park.
Liberty Park will represent iconic destinations including the Liberty Bowl and Tiger Lane, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and the Kroc Center, and it will grow to include a mixed-use, public-private development and sports and events center, a projected $200 million transformation with phased openings beginning in 2022.
A complete list of campus elements may be found on libertyparkmemphis.com , a new platform to aggregate and share the dynamic offerings of the area.
“Despite the issues we’re dealing with head-on stemming from COVID-19, we have to simultaneously plan for the future,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. “Building on the spirit of an iconic past, known for years as the Fairgrounds, Liberty Park is a destination that moves a historic site into its next century to, one day, bring Memphians and visitors together.”
The goal of the campus’ evolution is to better connect and amplify the unique collection of offerings on the campus., whether athletics, education, recreation, or events. Liberty Park lives as a collective resource for experiences available both now and in the future.
“I think we all agree that this is a deeply appreciated yet underutilized piece of property, and we are ready to introduce a comprehensive platform for all Memphians to use as a resource,” said Paul Young, Director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD). “While each space is absolutely an individual destination to some, we want to bring them together to create a collective destination for all.”
“We are confident and excited that Liberty Park will serve as a unifying voice for this campus,” said Kroc Center Director Cleo Griffin. “We see this project as ‘central to everything’ both geographically and culturally.”
MEMPHIS SPORTS & EVENTS CENTER - The Memphis Sports & Events Center will be a 227,000-square-foot. facility for youth sports and events. The destination will include indoor basketball and volleyball hardcourts and be adaptable for other sports including wrestling, gymnastics, cheerleading, as well as convocation and commencement events. The complex will also include a cafe and concessions area, multiple outdoor turf and dedicated soccer fields, and a playground.
Local women-owned architecture firm brg3s is the architect of record and is building upon internationally-acclaimed planning and design firm Populous ’ initial concept design of the complex. The space will be managed by Virginia-based Eastern Sports Management , a regional leader in indoor sports facility management for all-ages athletic competition and recreation.