This weekend’s storms brought heavy and costly damages to Overton Park, toppling trees throughout the landscape. We’ll have extensive cleanup to do over the next few weeks, but for now, here’s what you need to know:
- The storm damaged nearly 60 trees in the landscaped areas of the park (not including the Old Forest), including more than 20 large trees of 20″ diameter or more. About 2/3 of the affected trees are dead or beyond repair. Our landscaping crew at Echo Systems is working to clear debris, but City crews will be needed to cut and safely remove the larger trees.
- The Rainbow Lake Pavilion restrooms have no power and were vandalized over the weekend, so they are closed until further notice. The East Parkway side of the park does have power, so those restrooms are available for use.
- We have removed all the limbs from Rainbow Lake Playground that we’re able to without a tree crew, so most of the playground is open. We’ve roped off the section containing the merry-go-round, which contains several trees with hanging limbs. Please do not enter this area.
- The large-dog side of Overton Bark is closed until further notice. A nearly 200-year-old tree fell onto the fence, and we’ll have to wait for a tree crew to remove it. Because crews are busy throughout the city, it may be a week or more before someone is available to tackle it. In the meantime, all dogs may use the small-dog side of the dog park.
- A Day of Merrymaking is ON for this Saturday. The Greensward saw some minor tree fall but is otherwise unscathed. Check out our Merrymaking preview and pro tips for having a great festival experience.
- Veterans Plaza Drive and Museum Drive are OPEN. City crews cleared them this morning.
- Overton Park Conservancy’s office has no Internet or phone service at the moment, so if you need to reach us, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. We’ll be checking e-mails on our phones and off-site, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Please be mindful that the park will likely contain limbs and debris for the next few weeks, so use care when driving, running, or visiting park amenities. Stay safe!