Re-Imagining Civic Commons
The City of Memphis will unveil several elements of its plan to revitalize and reactivate a number of downtown parks and civic assets as part of its participation in the “Reimagining the Civic Commons” initiative. The Cossitt Library, Memphis Park, Mississippi River Park, Court Square Park, Main Street and the connections between all of these downtown assets will be highlighted and reimagined in this project.
Memphis is one of only seven cities in the nation invited to participate in this initiative by a prestigious group of national philanthropic foundations. “Reimagining the Civic Commons” intends to be the first comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets – a “civic commons” – can yield increased and more widely shared prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.
This Saturday, April 16, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., on the second floor of the Cossitt Library there will be a “prototype preview” event where guests will be able to see the long-closed second-floor space and participate in idea stations in order to give their direct input about the future of the space. During this time, the University of Memphis School of Law’s Race Judicata 5K will host its post-race party on the grounds of the Cossitt.