Historical Parks
Martyr's Park

The following Park Services managed parks and properties have historical significance.

Army-Navy Park - Second @ Calhoun
  • 1 Acres
  • Memorial park
  • Passive Urban Plaza
Bickford Park - 232 Bickford
  • 6 Acres
  • Bickford Community Center
  • Play equipment and playground ballfield,
  • Basketball court
  • Pavilion
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Adjacent to Caldwell Elementary
  • Developed by William A. Bickford
  • Given to the city in 1869, accepted ca. 1901. (Significantly Altered)
Brinkley Park (Market Square) - Second @ Market
  • 1 Acre
  • One of 4 original Squares in 1819 Plan
  • Urban Plaza
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
  • Significantly Altered
Chickasaw Gardens Park - Chickasaw Parkway
  • 22 Acres
  • Landscaped Median and Lake
  • Laid out by Harland Bartholomew, ca. 1920s
Chickasaw Heritage Park - Delaware @ DeSoto
  • 17 Acres
  • Playground ball field
  • Pavilion
  • Prehistoric earth mounds
  • Historic markers
  • Scenic Mississippi River views
  • 1 Outdoor basketball court
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
  • Archaeological, Mississippian culture, B.C.
  • 1600s A.D. Chickasaws - moved by 1818
  • Established as Desoto Park ca. 1911 National Register
Robert Church Park - Beale St. @ Fourth
  • 7.68 Acres
  • Est. by Robert Church 1899
  • Beale St. National Register District
  • Play equipment
  • Historic markers
  • 4 mini pavilions
Cobblestones - Beale St. to Jefferson Davis Park
  • 3 Acres
  • Shows the original historic streets of Memphis
  • Scenic Mississippi River-views, River-walk
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management.
Colonial Park (Auction Square) - Main @ Auction
  • 1 Acre
  • One of 4 original Squares in 1819 Plan
  • Urban Plaza
  • Historic Markers
  • Significantly Altered
Columbus Park - Third St. @ Adams
  • 0 Acres
  • Christopher Columbus Statue
  • Urban Plaza
Confederate Park (Promenade) - Front @ Court
  • 3 Acres
  • Photo Gallery
  • Designed by Geo. Kessler
  • Memorial to Civil War
  • Jefferson Davis Statue
  • On the National Register
  • Part of original Promenade
  • Mississippi River-views
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
Court Square - Main @ Court
  • 2 Acres
  • One of 4 original Squares in 1819 Plan
  • National Register District
  • Urban Plaza
  • Pavilion
  • Hebe "Greek Godess" statue and fountain
  • Historic markers
E.H Crump Park - Delaware @ Crump
  • 4.30 Acres
  • A Memorial Park
  • Picnic area
  • Scenic Mississippi River-views
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
Jefferson Davis Park - Riverside Drive @ Jefferson Ave.
  • 2.40 Acres
  • Est. 1930.
  • Passive Urban
  • Historic Markers
  • Scenic Mississippi River-views, River-walk
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
Douglass Park - 1616 Ash
  • 43 Acres
  • Memphis' First Park for African Americans, Est. 1913
  • Douglass Community Center
  • 2 Outdoor basketball courts and 1 Indoor basketball court
  • 3 pavilions and a picnic area
  • Swimming pool
  • 1 mile fitness trail,
  • Playground and ball field
Memphis Fairgrounds - 940 Early Maxwell Blvd.
  • 158 Acres
  • Grounds designed by Geo. Kessler. Partial list: E. Parkway Gates, Shelby Co. Bldg. 1908, Fairview School 1930, Former Montgomery Park Track 1884,
  • Formerly had Memphis Jockey Club circa 1909
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Stadium,
  • Childrens Museum,
  • Mid South Coliseum
  • Football/Track Stadium
  • Mid South Fair
  • Various Activity Buildings, and Maintenance Compound
Forrest Park - Madison @ Dunlap
  • 8.03 Acres
  • Picture Gallery
  • 1/3 mile fitness trail
  • Gen. Nathan B. Forrest and wife buried on site
  • Designed by Geo. Kessler 1903
  • Historical Markers
  • General Forrest Statue
  • Pavilion
Gaisman Park - 4223 Macon
  • 24 Acres
  • Gaisman Community Center
  • 3 lighted softball fields
  • Play equipment and playground ballfield
  • 2 free tennis courts
  • Indoor Basketball
  • 1 mile fitness trail
  • Swimming pool
  • Pavilion/rest rooms
  • Monument to the Vietnam Servicemen, dedicated in 1965.
The Links at Galloway - 3815 Walnut Grove
  • 104.20 Acres
  • 18 hole golf course with clubhouse
  • Developed by H.W. Brennan
  • Deeded to city as part of Red Acres subdivision
  • Local residents walk the perimeter of the course. Watch out for golf-balls.
Gaston Park - 1046 S. Third
  • 8.44 Acres
  • Gaston Community Center
  • Headstart and branch library
  • Pavilion
  • Play equipment
  • 1 Indoor and 1 outdoor basketball court
  • Playground ball field
  • 1/4 mile fitness trail.
  • Designed by Geo. Kessler 1902
  • Land given by John Gaston ca. 1912
Glenview Park - 1141 S. Barksdale
  • 24.50 Acres
  • Glenview Community Center
  • 1 outdoor basketball court
  • Playground ball field
  • 1 mile fitness trail
  • 2 free tennis courts
  • Pavilion
  • Play equipment
  • Est. 1943, Former George Schmalzreid Farm.
Handy Park - Beale @ Third
  • .40 Acre
  • Est. 1931. Named for W.C. Handy, musician
  • Beale St. Nat'l District
  • Former site of Greenlaw Bros. Mkt.
  • Passive urban
  • W.C.Handy statue
  • Amphitheater
  • Historic markers.
M.L. King Park (Riverside) - South Parkway @ Riverside
  • Photo Gallery 
  • 379.32 Acres
  • Indication of Burial sites from multiple periods.
  • Design by Geo. Kessler, 1902 w/ Parkway system and Overton Park
  • The Links at Riverside: 9 hole golf course with new clubhouse
  • Boat ramp and marina
  • Picnic area, 3 pavilions, and play equipment
  • Ball field and 4 lighted tennis courts
  • Lake and scenic river views
Tom Lee Park - Riverside @ Beale
  • 30 Acres
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Mississippi Riverwalk and scenic river views (linked to Martyrs Park and Ashburn-Coppock Park)
  • Tom Lee Monument, Est. 1914
  • Location of Memphis In May BBQ Festival
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management
Lichterman Park - 5992 Quince
  • 66.02 Acres
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Trails and Lake
  • Former Summer estate of Clarence Saunders,1929
  • Home, listed in N.R 1989, burned 1994
Magevney House - 198 Adams
  • 0 Acres
  • Assoc. with educator Eugene Magevney
  • 1835 historic building, historic marker
Mallory-Neely House - 652 Adams
  • 1 Acre
  • Historic House of Memphis
  • ca. 1870s historic building, historic marker, Gift Shop
Martyrs Park - Channel 3 Drive
  • 8.90 Acres
  • Memorial to those that died from Yellow Fever
  • Historic marker
  • Mississippi Riverwalk and scenic river views (linked to Tom Lee and Ashburn-Coppock Park)
  • Martyrs statue
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management.
Mud Island - 125 N. Front
  • 25 Acres
  • Mud Island River Park
  • Mississippi River Museum and River Model Walk
  • Memphis Belle Pavilion
  • Restaurants, amphitheater, and gift shop
  • Marina and scenic river views
  • Under "Riverfront Development Corporation" Management.
Overton Park - 2080 Poplar
  • 342.30 Acres
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Park designed by Geo. Kessler, 1901. Partial list: Zoo 1905, Golf Clubhouse 1926, WPA Shell 1936
  • On the National Register. Example of City Beautiful Movement.
  • Rainbow Lake, 2 pavilions, amphitheater
  • The Links at Overton: 9 hole golf course with clubhouse
  • Play equipment, playground ball field, walking trail, soccer field,
  • E.H. Crump statue, and various historic markers
  • Home of Veterans Plaza, including the Doughboy statue and the new Korean War Monument
  • Home to the Zoo, Brooks Art Museum, and Memphis College of Art
Parkway System - East, North, South Parkway
  • 100 Acres
  • Designed by Geo. Kessler, ca. 1902 - 1909.
  • Secondary system of landscaped medians and triangles
  • National Register. Example of City Beautiful Movement
Pink Palace Museum - 3050 Central
  • 15.49 Acres
  • 1922 Home of grocer C. Saunders, founder of Piggly Wiggly stores
  • Present: Pink Palace Museum, Imax Theatre, Planetarium.
Winchester Park - Lane @ St. Jude Place
  • 8.80 Acres
  • Play equipment
  • Pavilion
  • Part of the earliest public cemetery known as Winchester Burial Grounds ca. 1840
  • Memphis' first Mayor, Marcus Winchester's burial place

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