Something New Downtown: RiverPlay at The Fourth Bluff
After yesterday’s Party In The Park, I walked down to the new RiverPlay park on Riverside Drive to check it out. What I found was a super colorful riverside park with lots to do for kids and grownups, too.
Here’s all the info and some answers to your questions.
What You Can Do At RiverPlay
– play basketball
– roller skate
– play ping pong
– play giant chess or other games like giant Jenga
– sit at tables
– get food from a food truck on select days (follow Fourth Bluff on Facebook for schedule)
– Instagram some fun stuff including – you guessed it! – string lights*
– bring your leashed pet for a stroll
– hang out in adjacent parks Mississippi River Park (bottom of the bluff) or Memphis Park (top of the bluff)
*I’m making a joke, but for real, it’s a very cool spot.
When To Go
RiverPlay is open and staffed starting at 3 p.m. daily. It’s open until 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fridays will likely be the most popular nights, since The Fourth Bluff is also hosting their Fourth Bluff Fridays every week from May 12 through June 30. More about that at the bottom of this post.
How Much It Costs
It’s free to play. Skate rental is $5 and you have to have socks to skate. Of course, you can bring your own skates.
How To Get There / Where To Park
River Play is down the hill from Memphis Park, just a tiny bit north of the law school. It’s on Riverside (literally it’s on the street as the street is closed) in between Court and Jefferson and functions as an extension of Mississippi River Park.
If you want to get there by car: park in one of the many, many affordable parking garages or street parking spaces (free after 6 p.m.) and travel a little ways to the park. Memphis has some of the most available and inexpensive parking in the country, so just get on down there.
There are bike racks at Mississippi River Park and several more will be installed this week!
Fourth Bluff Fridays
On a related note, Fourth Bluff Fridays pop-up beer gardens are back every week from May 19 through June 3o. At Memphis Park (51. N Front Street) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., they’ll have beer, live music, food trucks, games, vendors, etc. Here’s the music schedule:
May 19 – DJ Redeye and DJ Waht
May 26 – Grace Askew and Tonya Dyson
June 2 – Mighty Souls Brass Band
June 9 – Jack O & the Sheiks
June 16 – IMC and DJ Capital A
June 23 – the Maitre Ds
June 30 – Devil Train