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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 and many schools had young men and women, mostly college-age, […]

NatureZen: Happy Bee Day to You

NatureZen: Happy Bee Day to You

Words and photos by Melissa McMasters Today is World Bee Day, an international effort to convey the importance of bees to our food systems and to the diversity of life on our planet. One of every three bites of food we eat is dependent on bees, and their numbers are declining worldwide. The plight of […]

NatureZen: The Elusive Indigo Bunting

NatureZen: The Elusive Indigo Bunting

Today’s guest post is by Steve Adelman, a writer who is an up-and-coming outdoorsman after living the majority of his life in major cities. He can be found most Sunday mornings at Overton Park with his wife, Michele, and their dog, Milton.  I had never really thought much about birds, barely aware of their presence […]

Restrooms and rentals update

Restrooms and rentals update

Park Restrooms The restrooms at the East Parkway Pavilion are set to reopen this Saturday, May 1. The Rainbow Lake Pavilion plumbing suffered a good deal of damage during its COVID hiatus, requiring extensive repairs. While we are in the City plumbing queue, those restrooms will remain closed. In the meantime, we’ll be installing portable […]

Time to stay off the golf course!

Time to stay off the golf course!

Those big piles of dirt are about to look a whole lot greener! This week marks the beginning of “sprigging” the renovated Overton Park golf course. Both fairways and greens are getting new grass over the next week or two, which will have the course ready for a fall re-opening after several months of irrigation […]

NatureZen: How A Name Can Spark a Connection

NatureZen: How A Name Can Spark a Connection

Today people around the world celebrate Earth Day, an observation created in 1970 to show global support for protecting the environment. As supporters of Overton Park Conservancy, we know that you feel a deep connection to environmental protection. In a two-part #NatureZen, Melissa and Fields explore some of the ways that connection is created and […]

$50K for 50 Years Giving Challenge

$50K for 50 Years Giving Challenge

Overton Park has been at the center of the Memphis community for over a century. As we emerge from a year when the park was the only sanctuary available for many of us, it’s clearer than ever: Overton Park is indispensable. That’s something the activists of Citizens to Preserve Overton Park knew 50 years ago, […]

Golf course construction on track despite rains

Golf course construction on track despite rains

With the recent rains, you may be wondering whether the team at King Collins Golf Course Design has been able to continue their renovation of the Overton Park golf course on schedule. We checked in with them for an update on what you can expect to see happening on the course over the next few […]

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 young people, whose voices are often neglected in planning processes. […]

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