The Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have announced the Riverfront Fitness Trail (known as RiverFit) has been granted permanency from the City of Memphis as a public fixture at Tom Lee Park.
“When we first launched RiverFit, it was an experiment. The trail has been so well received, we thought we should expand the commitment,” said Diane Terrell, VP of Community Engagement for the Grizzlies and Executive Director of the Grizzlies Foundation. “We want to thank our partners—especially BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee—for their contributions, as they clearly see the benefit of innovative health and fitness projects that build community. But we couldn’t have done this without the collective effort of the City of Memphis and the Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation.”
After research and feedback was given, RiverFit added new installations to include a Water Station provided by the Tennessee Clean Water Network’s Bringing Tap Back project, two stretching stations, and brand new artwork on the north and south staircases at Tom Lee Park that say “Grit” and “Grind”.
RiverFit’s success is due to the positive response from Memphians and work by Memphis Grizzlies, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Riverfront Development Corporation, Mayor A C Wharton, the Division of Parks and Neighborhoods.
RiverFit will also provide Grizzlies Prep Charter School scholars a permanent location for physical education classes. The Grizzlies’ 6-8 grade, all-male charter school has been without a fully-functioning gymnasium and relied heavily on public spaces.