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Day of Merrymaking Traffic Flow

Overton Park Conservancy recently piloted modifications to traffic flow in the park on peak attendance days. We’ll be using that same configuration for this year’s Day of Merrymaking.

On Saturday, June 4, beginning at 7am, the main park roads (with the exception of Morrie Moss) will move to a one-way clockwise traffic flow. See the map for details.

2106 Day of Merrymaking traffic mapAll vehicles will enter the park from either Poplar & Tucker to the south or Prentiss Place to the north. Veterans Plaza drive will be exit-only for cars. Memphis Police Department will assist with turning onto Poplar Avenue. Vehicles entering at Poplar & Tucker will continue onto Morrie Moss and either travel north to the Zoo, or veer right (east) toward Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, Memphis College of Art, and other park amenities. Vehicles will exit the park from Veterans Plaza Drive, or may loop back on Golf Drive to turn left and exit at the light at Poplar & Tucker. Morrie Moss/Tucker St. will allow for two-way traffic from the Zoo entrance to Poplar Avenue, to allow Zoo visitors to exit the park.

Parking will be allowed on both sides of park roads on Veterans Plaza Drive and Golf Drive, with all parking facing the same direction. This means visitors will be allowed to parallel park on either side of the road without changing the direction of their vehicles. Parking will be allowed only on one side of Morrie Moss. Old Forest Lane will be closed to both traffic and parking.

In addition to parking inside the park, free shuttles sponsored by FedEx will run from 10 AM to 3:30 PM from the Overton Square garage at 2100 Monroe Avenue. Pickups will occur ON THE PLAZA near the performance stage. Parking in the garage is free until 6:00 PM. Shuttles will stop approximately every 15 minutes. To keep the shuttles running efficiently, the route will use Golf Drive to avoid shuttles getting hung up in heavy traffic on Morrie Moss.

Bike valet, provided by Bike Walk Memphis, will also be available at A Day of Merrymaking.

Watch the Conservancy’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on the availability of parking, and be prepared to seek alternate parking locations once the park roads and parking lots are full.