Memphis in May Statement Regarding Mayor Strickland's Tom Lee Park Announcement

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland today announced several items in his weekly update related to Tom Lee Park and the ongoing mediation between Memphis in May International Festival and Memphis River Parks Partnership, notably that Memphis in May events will be held in Tom Lee Park in 2020 but in an alternate location in 2021, and that Riverside Drive will remain four lanes.

We appreciate the Mayor’s leadership in this process and the time his staff and Justice Holder have put into mediation.  We are excited to be back in Tom Lee Park in 2020 for the forty-fourth edition of Memphis in May, and having this assurance now allows us to finalize plans we have already been working on for next year. 

As mediation continues, we look forward to reaching the goal which we have all had from the beginning: an improved park with accommodations which will allow Memphis in May to maintain its financial viability and substantial economic impact while enhancing our beautiful riverfront for all Memphians.

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs in 2018 contributed more than $137.7 million annually in economic impact to the community, fostered civic pride, promoted awareness of Memphis’ heritage, and built international relationships and understanding through education. 
 
Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300 and made Forbes’ list of “5 Underrated Music Festivals You Should Attend.”  In 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events

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