Kick off August in Memphis River Parks with Back to School Skate night, Kayak rentals, Civic Hack and the re-opening of the Mississippi River Museum

Memphis, Tenn. (July 31, 2018) — Memphis River Parks will host four exciting events this weekend. All weekend, Memphians will come together at the river to have fun, collaborate on community solutions, learn the story of the Mississippi and build a stronger Memphis, together.

From 7:30 p.m. on Friday August 3 the Partnership will host Sunset Skate Night: Back to School edition at RiverPlay in Tom Lee Park. Skate rental will be free and there will be a DJ, food trucks and a roller-derby demonstration. Skaters will be able to skate in a pop-up rink or on a longer course through the park. We will be distributing free school supplies thanks to support from Memphis Education Fund and Agape North. The school with the most attendees on the night will receive a cash prize. The event is free and all are welcome. No pre-registration is required.

Harbor kayak rentals will launch from the historic cobblestone landing on Saturday August 4. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kayak Memphis Tours will offer kayak and stand up paddle board rentals each weekend through the end of the season. Kayaks cost $20 for an hour rental. Pre-booking is encouraged as walk-ups will be subject to availability. Click here to book your boat today.

Opening weekend sees two special promotions: a photo contest and fun race. Kayakers are encouraged to upload their best photos to Instagram using the hashtag #cometotheriver and tagging @kayakmemphis and @MemRiverParks for the chance to win a free guided tour down the Mississippi. Bonus points for the more kayakers in your shot. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a short race with more prizes available. Memphians who own kayaks can bring their own boats to the water.

On Friday and Saturday, the Fourth Bluff will host Memphis’ first Civic Hack at Beale St. Landing. Civic hacking is a creative and innovative approach to solving community problems. The event will convene Memphians of all backgrounds to collaboratively work on solutions to Memphis’ pressing social issues. The hack will begin on Friday evening with an inspirational community dinner and conversation followed by all-day ideating, hacking and prototyping solutions on Saturday. RSVP by clicking here.

The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island will re-open on Saturday August 4 from 10 a.m. Since the museum closed just three weeks ago, we have been hard at work making some quick visual tweaks to improve the customer experience. Information is presented in new ways and the museum is more interactive. The museum’s opening hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and admission costs $10 for adults 12 and over, $8 for children ages 11–4 and kids under 4 are free.

In the coming weeks we’ll be leading groups through the museum to gather their input on how to best tell the story of the Mississippi for the 21st Century. Follow the partnership on social media to find out how to get involved.


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