Hina Okchamali

Now that the barns and livestock areas at The Fairgrounds are coming down, the Memphis City Council has moved on to other matters in the redevelopment of The Fairgrounds.

Next month the council will vote on what to call the green space to run from the East Parkway Entrance to the western edge of The Liberty Bowl.

Council member Bill Boyd sorted the names submitted by the public.

The entries included:
• Elvis Presley Greenway
• The Grasslands
• Fairlawn
• The Green Zone
• Trail of Tigers
• And Hina Okchamali, a Choctaw word meaning Green Path

But most of the suggestions involved some use of the word Tiger.

The University of Memphis football team is called the Tigers. The Tennessee State and Jackson State teams featured in the annual Southern Heritage Classic each have tigers as mascots. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl occasionally features a Tiger team.

Boyd’s recommendation after consulting with all of the tenants of the football stadium was “Tiger Park.”

But other council members had other thoughts.

“The community knows the Fairgrounds area as a big park,” Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware suggested as she amended the resolution to make the name “Tiger Lane.”

“It denotes a street,” Council member Myron Lowery countered. “People will think it’s a street.”

At its executive session, council members tentatively voted to go with Tiger Lane at least for now. The full council will vote at its first meeting in May at the advice of Council chairman Harold Collins.

“You need to sleep on it,” he said.

The split council vote in executive session is an indication there could be other names floated next month.

Tiger Woods anyone?

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