Monday, May 10, 2010

On Vacation

I'm off on vacation for the next couple of weeks, but I'll be home to tend this space again at the end of May. Y'all enjoy springtime in the park while I'm gone.


There has been a strong uptick of graffiti in the park over the last months. It is all through the forest trails, on water fountains, posts, anything that doesn't move. It's always something of a problem, but I'm seeing a lot more of it lately.

I asked Larry Franks at Parks about it. He promptly got a police gang expert out to look at it, and it doesn't seem to be gang related, which is the good news. (And I hadn't noticed any change in the usage of the park over that period, so that makes sense.)

The bad news is that means that some of our regular park users have a destructive bent. So please remember (and remind anyone you see with a spray can) to take only pictures and leave only footprints. We could do without the litterers as well.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Music in the Parks

Di Anne Price plays the Shell

My friend Mark Jones reposted some news of bygone days from the Commercial Appeal.

100 years ago: 1910

"Main Street retailers have petitioned the Park Commission to have a band concert every Saturday night in Court Square. The businessmen point out that music will induce people to come downtown and will improve business Saturday night."

How lucky are we to have the Shell doing the same thing for Overton Park? Tons new people have been introduced to the beauty of our park thanks to the free concert series at the Shell.

Please remember, though, that the concerts aren't really free. The Levitt foundation is making a donation for the first five years, but that only covers about 25% of the current season. If we want this great music to continue, we need to support our shell and make a donation to help them get great bands.

This year's season starts May 21st. Come on out, bring the blanket and a group of friends, and put something in the bucket.

By the way, don't you miss the Park Commission? I wish we still had that layer of protection for our city parks. The recreation opportunities they provided (concerts in a bandstand, athletic leagues, etc.) were a real benefit to the city.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Coming up on Mud Island

I just got the following list of events from the Mud Island publicity people. They didn't say who the band is for Rock-n-Romp, but what a great place to have it.

Call 901-576-7241 or visit for more information about any of these.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

River Run Race & Scavenger Hunt

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Travel from Ohio to the Gulf of Mexico hunting for items, solving trivia, and performing crazy tasks in Mud Island River Park’s River Run Race & Scavenger Hunt!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sleep Out on the Mississippi

Join us for Sleep Out on the Mississippi at the beautiful Mud Island River Park. Campers sleep underneath the stars next to Ole Man River. Just bring yourself to enjoy this unique camping experience. We provide a 12’x12’ tent, dinner, live entertainment, recreational activities, campfire with marshmallows, and breakfast. Just bring your sleeping bag. Advanced reservations required due to limited space.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


2:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free (Adults: $5 Donation to Rock-n-Romp requested)

Rock-n-Romp is a backyard party consisting of local bands and musicians playing music for parents and their kids! It’s all about exposing kids to live music in a kid-friendly way.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Funday Sunday – Father’s Day Olympics

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Celebrate Father’s Day at Mud Island River Park by participating in the Father’s Day Olympics! Games of strength, agility, and speed for father and child teams of all ages