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Stories: “They Are the Tourists”

Stories: “They Are the Tourists”

As we’ve started to envision the future of the park through our comprehensive park planning effort, we wanted to learn more about its past. Thanks to the gracious efforts of Dr. John T. Dulaney, today we’re sharing a glimpse of a park feature that existed

Your story…on the air at WYXR!

Your story…on the air at WYXR!

Overton Park Conservancy is teaming up with our community radio station WYXR on our Overton Park Stories program! Ear to the Ground host Nancy Morrow is putting together an episode focused on how Overton Park has impacted the lives of Memphians, and we want to

Stories: Kathy Barnes-Lou

Stories: Kathy Barnes-Lou

Kathy was kind enough to share this heart-warming memory from a trip to the Old Forest with us. Share your story at www.overtonpark.org/stories! Good People in the Old Forest of Overton Park While taking in the warm winter day a year or so ago, my

Stories: Nicole Dorsey

Stories: Nicole Dorsey

Nicole Dorsey is a Memphis artist, and the Art Education Coordinator for Carpenter Art Garden, right down the street from Overton Park in Binghampton. As part of our Overton Park Stories project, she shared with Dawn Vinson how her relationship to the park has evolved

Stories: Abigail Teamer

Stories: Abigail Teamer

Overton Park Stories: Abigail Teamer My story with Overton Park begins unconventionally compared to most visitors. Growing up in Bartlett, I usually went to one of the local neighborhood parks for outdoor play. However, this changed when I started working with my uncle’s janitorial company,

Stories: Zack Meaders Guess

Stories: Zack Meaders Guess

Zack Meaders Guess shares his memories of Overton Park, a place his son Noah Guess cares for as the owner of Echo Systems Inc., the park’s landscaping team. You can submit your own park memories at overtonpark.org/stories. This is written in April 2021. In a

Stories: Bill Colton

Stories: Bill Colton

Park supporter Bill Colton generously shares his memories of Overton Park with us today. If you’d like to share your Overton Park story, click here. When I was 10 (insert Civil War jokes here if you must, though the year was 1961), most city parks

Stories: Justin Merrick

Stories: Justin Merrick

Justin Merrick is the Executive Director of Center for Transforming Communities, an organization dedicated to building up the cultural, economic, social, physical and municipal health of neighborhoods. Overton Park Conservancy has been honored to develop our comprehensive park plan in partnership with CTC by engaging

Stories: Kaci Murley

Stories: Kaci Murley

Conservancy Deputy Executive Director Kaci Murley shares the story of a special day in Overton Park. On a sunny Saturday in December 2020, Ian and I pulled up to Overton Park and had ourselves a little wedding. Our pre-pandemic plan was to elope to Mexico