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Put down Roots with our new program

Charles Jones and Roshun Austin
Charles Jones & Roshun Austin at Pints for the Park; photo courtesy of Rachel Warren, RSVP Magazine

Overton Park Conservancy is excited to announce the launch of a new group: Overton Park Roots! Like our membership program, the Roots group engages our community in protecting the park, while giving back lots of fun benefits. For a $240 annual donation, Roots members receive:

  • Exclusive invitations to two annual events:
    • Spring: Pints for the Park, a family-friendly picnic in Overton Park
    • Fall: Cocktails & Conversation, an evening social at the Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse
  • Occasional roundtable discussions with Overton Park Conservancy leadership
  • Recognition in Conservancy communications, including newsletters, reports, and website
  • Two Overton Park Conservancy t-shirts
  • Membership Perks business discounts
  • Four Overton Park postcards
  • 25% discount on facility rentals at Overton Park

Our next Roots event will be Friday, November 20 at 5:00PM at the Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse. If you’d like to learn more about the program, you’re welcome to join us for drinks! Please contact our Director of Development, Susannah Barton, at or 901-214-5450 if you plan on joining us.

Or if you’re ready to commit to a Roots membership right now, you can donate for the full year or in monthly installments by clicking here.

Tina Sullivan with Tom & Katie Midgley
Tina Sullivan with Tom & Katie Midgley at Pints for the Park; photo courtesy of Rachel Warren, RSVP Magazine

Party With Us!
To kick off the Roots program, we hosted two small launch parties this summer. Our great friends and park supporters, Katie and Tom Midgley, co-hosted the first gathering on a beautiful June Sunday in the formal gardens. Catering was provided by Just in Thyme and our friends at Memphis Made Brewing Co. generously donated beer. What better than a cold Lucid Kolsch, a delicious cucumber and dill sandwich, and great conversation with fellow park supporters? This family-friendly event was a hit will all our guests, especially our young park lovers who enjoyed cornhole, bubbles, coloring, and some fresh summer fruit. We plan to host a similar gathering each year for Roots members and their families.

Ecco on Overton Park
Delicious food from Ecco on Overton Park

In August we were fortunate to beat the heat at the home of Lauren and Justin Taylor. Long-time park users and dedicated supporters, the Taylors opened their home to friends and colleagues from around Memphis who share a love for Overton Park. Guests enjoyed delicious food from Ecco on Overton Park, whose owner Sabine Bachmann generously donated incredible dishes including garden ratatouille, pork tenderloin, Campari tomatoes, and spicy potatoes. There were also flavorful frozen treats from MEMPopS, whose cart you can often find at the Memphis Made parking lot. We also couldn’t have done it without our friends at Joe’s Wines and Liquor, who supplied a variety of wines and beers to pair with the food. We are lucky to have a great community of local business owners who give of themselves to help Overton Park thrive.

Is Roots right for you?
It is our vision that Overton Park Roots will attract enthusiastic and dynamic Memphians for whom Overton Park is a place for recreation, family, and community, and that Roots members will partner with Overton Park Conservancy to give our community a great public park. Help us to build a lasting, strong foundation of support for our great park, and join the wonderful folks who have already become a part of Overton Park Roots!

Thanks to our charter members!
Julie & Bryce Ashby
Sydney & Andy Ashby
Shante Avant
Paula & Cliff Barnes
Susannah & Kevin Barton
Thaler & Tom Beasley
Kathleen & Schorr Behnke
Alice & Dr. George Burruss
Dr. Aimee Christian & Dr. Ben Wheeler
Meg & Scott Crosby
Melissa Duong & Yuki Namba
Laura & Josh Gettys
Jennifer & Paul Hagerman
Eleanor & Bubba Halliday
Sutton & Kerry Hayes
Mia & Paul Henley
Sally & John Humphrey
Amanda & Stanley Johnson
Frances & Jake Lawhead
Bob Loeb
Peggy & Laverne Lovell
Lisa & Jim Maddox
Amy Daniel & Cameron Mann
Julie & Michael Matthews
Margaret & Alec McLean
Katie & Thomas Midgley
Brittany Pace
Olivia Wilmot & Tommy Pacello
Lynn & Bill Reed
Emily Shortridge & Vishant Shah
Glenda & Gary Shorb
Teresa Sloyan
Molly & Russell Smith
Emily & Chris Taylor
Lauren & Justin Taylor
Susanna & Dr. Neil Weston
Danielle & JC Youngblood