Proposed ‘adventure park’ in Frayser would include trails, hiking and biking

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Davy Crockett’s Links may soon trade tee times for trails. Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing more than $3 million in his budget to create an adventure game at the now-closed Frayser Golf Course.

Golf at the site has ended, but the city of Memphis has declared the land still a community park.

Now the city of Memphis is proposing a new plan for the site.

“An additional wading pool in the neighborhood and the transformation of the former Davy Crockett Golf Course into the city’s first outdoor adventure park — $3.4 million,” Strickland told city council members.

Mayor Strickland proposed the spending during his budget presentation to city council on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, his office clarified what an outdoor adventure park entails. A spokesperson said it was not like an amusement park with roller coasters and rides, but a central space for outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Frayser residents surrounding the golf course wondered what was next for the space.

“There’s nothing going on there,” resident Leon Smith said. “[I wish there was something] for the people.”

Neighbors said they liked the area near the golf course near Range Line Road and wondered if a new park would change the plan of the area.

“I like the way it is,” resident Merrether Wilson said. “If they put that out there, I think it might bring a lot of traffic, but it might be good for people out there who have kids.”

Neighbors seem to agree that the area needs something for families, especially since jobs like Amazon and Nike bring people to the area.

“People here, we are the majority [African American]”Smith said. “It can be better here and it should be better.”

“It can be something beneficial for the neighborhood. We’ll have to see,” Wilson said.

A city spokesperson said renderings of the plan had not been prepared for the site. This will happen if the city council approves it in the mayor’s budget. Budget approval takes place in July.

Mayor Strickland says the $3.4 million for the outdoor adventure park comes from more than $10 million in surplus revenue from fiscal year 2021.

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