If you haven't been to Beale Street recently, Handy Park will look completely different. The Memphis Downtown Commission hired Dalhoff Thomas design|studio to make the space more functional and attractive to visitors, while giving it a funky feel that ties into the Beale Street vibe.
The large landscape beds have been minimized, new concrete has been installed, and the Park has an open feel that can be better organized for bands, concerts, and events. With the help of local artist Cat Pena, a musical theme is being installed in the pavement, with oversized notes and blue stained concrete. All work should be completed with the next month, so if you are down there, check it out.