Twice this year I've lucked into an opportunity to enjoy this park during sudden cool snaps in an otherwise oppressive summer in Memphis. Both times now stand out as some really bright moments.
Last Friday night, hubby and I popped out for an impromptu 'date night'......dinner at our favorite new spot, Tug's on Mud Island, which really feels like some childhood dinners out in the French Quarter of the sixties, and then took a stroll down on the Riverfront in Tom Lee Park. I was surprised to see such a family vibe in the collection of other strollers, even after dark, as it was around 9-9:30 on a weekend night. Apparently, folks are finally using our gorgeous riverfront area for what it was intended......an urban oasis right on the waterfront of a busy city. An added bonus that night was a delicious breeze, and all in all it was a great, lo-cal 'dessert' after our meal. We saw families, couples, and even some singles, obviously neighborhood loft and apartment dwellers from the area's burgeoning young professional community, judging from the jogging gear, etc. A special Cudos to the Memphis Police Department, for making our downtown area such a priority in their vigilant efforts........they've sure paid off !! I was married outdoors, at the top of that big hill overlooking Riverside Drive, and it's great to be able to pop down there, even if it's just by myself with a frappacino sometimes, and enjoy the fresh air and the view. That wasn't always possible, and I give MPD complete credit for that, as they've put in the long, tireless effort to take our Riverfront for everybody again.