Overton Park Conservancy periodically publishes a newsletter to provide updates on park initiatives. Each issue is archived in PDF format here. If you’d like to receive this newsletter in the mail, please let us know!
We explore the layers of the Old Forest, from roots to canopy; golf course opening date set; an update on the parking plan; the Poplar Society launches.
An update on what 2021 brought to the park; celebrating the 50th anniversary of CPOP v. Volpe; Overton Park stories; remembering George Cates; Zone 1 survey results
Planning for the future of the park’s southeast corner by engaging Memphis youth; staying healthy during COVID by spending time outdoors; remembering Jim Gilliland
Alumni of Memphis College of Art share memories and celebrate its legacy; checking in with former Overton Park Conservancy interns; combating invasive plants with volunteer Bill Bullock
Stories from park lovers, including the team behind the Brisket in a Basket food truck; Melanie White on her years of service to the park; early results from our studies on Old Forest birds and trees
We take a deep dive into the Old Forest, exploring our philosophy for making it resilient and healthy. Plus we chat with scientists researching snakes and insects, discuss the value of dead trees, and give you tips on how to garden with native plants.
Early ideas emerge from the park master plan; the park becomes more accessible with new sidewalks along Poplar Avenue; a profile of Spencer Whitley, Jr., who designed next year’s Overton Park t-shirt
The Conservancy kicks off a park-wide master planning process; a spotlight on the maintenance facility that will soon return to parkland; volunteer Sam Blair reflects on three decades of service
Reaction to the news that Brooks Museum and Memphis College of Art will be leaving the park; Greensward project moves forward; a profile of donors Vishant Shah and Emily Shortridge; new pedestrian safety measures in the park
We kick off our 2 Months, $1 Million campaign to take back the Greensward; a fond farewell to our intern Brooks Lamb; updates on park access and Old Forest gateway projects
Updates on all the research projects taking place in the Old Forest; the new gateway entrances are beginning to sprout up; introducing the Canopy giving society
Learn what it REALLY takes to manage a park day to day; meet Andrew and Rose, our new Visitor Services Coordinators; take a deep dive into the Old Forest with our new online field guide
Developing a new mobility plan for the park; ramping up the Overton Park Community Farmers Market; Roots program launches; studying tree cores in the Old Forest
Old Forest entry portals; new solutions to reduce overflow parking; research and trail improvements in the Old Forest; meet our new Director of Development
Bike Gate opens to the public; improvements to park entrances and access points; the results of the latest Speak Up survey; dog park do’s and don’ts; meet our new Director of Operations
Speak Up survey launches; an update on the new bike/ped plaza; photos from our first Day of Merrymaking festival
Rainbow Lake Playground construction update; attacking privet in the Old Forest; Team Overton Park volunteer program launches; Overton Park Stories program compiles tales of the park