DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS COMMISSION AND BEALE STREET MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCE HANDY PARK DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNERS
The Downtown Memphis Commission and Beale Street Management announced four winners in the Handy Park Design Challenge, which sought creative design solutions for the historic Beale Street park.
The design challenge was issued in March, and asked that designers reimagine Handy Park as a well-utilized community gathering place designed for multiple purposes, among other criteria. The initial review team of DMC and Beale Street Management called an open public meeting to solicit additional input on the final designs on June 19. An online feedback portal was also created to handle additional comments after the public meeting.
“We were really encouraged by what we saw at the public meeting,” stated Jennifer Oswalt, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission. “The public input was valuable, and the designer-teams seemed to truly understand our desire to elevate the space and create a more welcoming environment.”
“I’m excited about seeing how several of these designs could work together,” said Jon Shivers, director of Beale Street. “Beale is the most iconic street in the world, it is only fitting that we rethink and reimagine what the park can be.”
The final designs, as presented at the open public meeting can be seen here.
The Handy Park Design Challenge Winners are as follows:
1. Handy Park: A Civic Space Revival. Kimley-Horn: Mike Hammond, Henry Minor & Cameron Cooper; brg3s: Brett Ragsdale, Jason Jackson, Derek Hukill, Jay Sweeney, Rogean Cadieux-Smith
2. Handy Park: The Pivot Point. Allen & Hoshall; Taylor Coleman, Zach Webb, Michel Lebel
3. Tie – The Big Lawn. designshop: Tim Michael, Kelly May, Scott Guidry, Emily Redding
Tie – Covered in Blues. UrbanARCH & Associates