The Big River Crossing Opens Saturday: What You Need To Know
I’ve been writing about it for months, but now it’s finally time for the Big River Crossing Harahan Bridge to open to the public! There will be some fun stuff happening near the bridge on Saturday, so here’s what you need to know.
What: The Big River Crossing is a mile-long pedestrian/biking bridge that crosses the Memphis River, adjacent to the Harahan Bridge. Learn more here.
When: Saturday, October 22
1 p.m. – BRC is officially open to everybody for bikes and walking
1 p.m. – 7 p.m. – food trucks and music on the West Memphis (Arkansas) side
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – food trucks and music at Martyr’s Park
7 p.m. – fireworks show, viewable from downtown Memphis
Where: Martyr’s Park on the Memphis side (map, info), the Bridge itself, and the West Memphis side
Parking: There’s a little bit of parking, but with the crowds and traffic expected this Saturday, I would absolutely park somewhere else in downtown Memphis or W. Memphis and then walk/bike to the bridge.
West Memphis will have a free shuttle leaving Lawler’s Fireworks at Exit 1 off I-55 and Peabody Place will have $1 parking from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Mud Island Park Garage will have free parking all day as space allows. See below for a map of park-and-ride access via MATA’s trolley buses
More Things To Know
– The bridge will connect to more than 70 miles of trails on the Arkansas side. They’re working on a park to go over there.
– If you want a rooft0p view of the fireworks, you can get that at the Twilight Sky Terrace atop the Madison Hotel. They’re opening at 4 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover.
– MATA’s trolley buses will offer park-and-ride access; they’ll stop along the routes below every 15 minutes on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fare is a dollar. Click here to see the map.
Here are some more photos from a recent under-construction tour:
Are you planning on going this weekend?
Ed. Note: All photos taken by Holly unless otherwise noted.