This project will involve Partnership Agreements between the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee (MRCT), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) – State Parks, University of Memphis, City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, Federal grants and regional donors.
In 2015, the MRCT was awarded a Contract by the TN Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to create a Restoration Plan for the historic CCC Mississippi River Group Camp inside Meeman – Shelby Forest State Park. The camp, built in 1933, has been closed for the past twelve years.
The recent completion of the Restoration Plan provided the foundation needed to begin steps toward the reconstruction and revitalization of a uniquely new historic site to serve as a venue for special events and camp-like lodging for visitors, regional citizens and educators. The Camp’s close proximity to an access ramp entering the Mississippi River and the 600-acres owned by the University of Memphis, makes its restoration a nucleus point in providing lodging and assembly asset features for educators, tourists and citizens seeking outdoor recreation opportunities near a major city. The MRCT will soon begin the creation of a Development Plan for an architectural Master Plan to reconstruct the cabins (new and old), Assembly Hall, Swimming Pool and associated buildings from 1933.
The CCC Mississippi River Camp – Restoration Plan was completed in May of 2016. A Development Plan to raise additional revenues for an architectural Master Plan will begin this fall. When this Plan is completed, a Capital Campaign will be launched for the construction and restoration of the Mississippi River Camp in early 2017. Success will be measured in the completion of the project and a once again functional facility.