12 May 2009

Stax Founder on why Sk8Mud

Great articulation. Have to post it here and then tweet it out.

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From: sherman
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 16:12:57 -0700 (PDT)
To: <eric.mathews@gmail.com>
Subject: [The Gates of Memphis] New comment on SK8Mud.

sherman has left a new comment on the post "SK8Mud":

When we were working on raising money for the Stax Museum, I met with a suburban banker--much like Skatelife meets with people behind the scenes all the time. He insisted we should build the Stax Museum not on its original site, but on Beale St. where "the people were." This was inconsistent with our vision for building a monument to the greatest soul record label on its original site.

The reason why you would build a skatepark on the 100 year empty spot at the end of mud island is it would be a major worldwide attraction for skaters from all over the world to "skate on the Mississippi." This would be the only spot on the largest river in the U.S. to skate. It would be a major visitor draw to Memphis & Mud Island, unlike the current situation. Memphis & regional skaters would also be able to enjoy this amenity in droves.

There is no reason why a cafe or snack bar cannot work there. In fact, I would love to be able to grab a bite to eat, a coffee or beer, and watch the skaters there. It will be an awesome experience for those who want to sit on the floating dock & watch from Beale St. too.

Joggers can currently use that space. So can walkers. Very few do.

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Posted by sherman to The Gates of Memphis at 6:12 PM

Sk8Mud Info

This gives you a look at the Sk8 Park on Mud Island -- I hope that we can get the Sk8 Park built there and have a culminating experience such as hosting the X-Games upon completion.
For more on the debate on both sides see the Gates of Memphis Blog: