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Rainbow Lake Playground January Update

Rainbow Lake Playground January Update

We’re a little over one month into the construction project at Rainbow Lake Playground, and we wanted to share some exciting news.  The project is 2/3 of the way to its funding goal, with $270,000 raised of the $400,000 needed to complete the project. AutoZone has funded the construction of The Spiderwebs, our new cargo […]

Scenes from a Winter

Scenes from a Winter

by Melissa McMasters One of the wonderful things about living in Memphis is that wintertime isn’t so harsh that we have to remain locked inside, huddled under blankets, unless we’re particularly tough. (Being outside in the summertime is, of course, another story!)  Overton Park is proof of that–it’s often full of people running, walking their […]

Building a Bike Gateway, Part 1

Building a Bike Gateway, Part 1

Follow along as Overton Park Conservancy and our community partners work to build a bicycle-pedestrian connection at the Sam Cooper/East Parkway entrance to the park. When people drive down Sam Cooper Blvd. and turn onto East Parkway, they know they’ve found Overton Park–there’s a large sign at the end of the street that tells them […]

2012: The Year in Review

2012: The Year in Review

This week marks the last of Overton Park Conservancy’s first full year of managing Overton Park, and has it ever been a busy one!  We’ve had incredible support from volunteers, donors, our board of directors, our partners at the other organizations that call the park home, and every person who comes to the park and […]

400 New Plants in the Ground

400 New Plants in the Ground

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about nearly 200 new trees and shrubs that were scheduled to be planted in Overton Park.  Now that the planting is done, we’re thrilled to report that the actual number of trees planted was 300, along with 100 shrubs. You’ll see the new trees everywhere from the […]

Nearly 200 New Trees Coming to Overton Park

Nearly 200 New Trees Coming to Overton Park

Overton Park certainly has its share of incredible trees.  From hundred-year-old tulip poplars in the Old Forest to the majestic magnolias around the formal gardens, there’s no shortage of beautiful colors and textures to enjoy year-round. Of course, there’s plenty of room for more!  As some older trees near the end of their lifecycles, and […]

Overton Park Conservancy Gives Thanks

Overton Park Conservancy Gives Thanks

This is Overton Park Conservancy’s first Thanksgiving since forming in December 2011, and the past year has given us an incredible list of things to be grateful for.  In honor of the holiday, our staff shares some of the things that make them thankful to have such a special place to come to work every […]

A Magical Night is Magical Indeed
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A Magical Night is Magical Indeed

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere fantastic, the food and drink delicious, and the company truly spectacular.  It all added up to a wildly successful first fundraiser for the Overton Park Conservancy, and A Magical Night at Overton Park that truly lived up to its name. The park’s formal gardens–beloved by many and completely unknown […]

A New Face for the Formal Gardens

A New Face for the Formal Gardens

Overton Park’s formal gardens have been getting a little TLC recently. Thanks to a generous donor, the Overton Park Conservancy was able to purchase some new plants for the flowerbeds, which hadn’t received much attention for a while.  We were also thrilled to work with local landscape designer Tom Pellett, who donated his services in […]

Rhodes College Runners Find Perfect Pace at Overton Park
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Rhodes College Runners Find Perfect Pace at Overton Park

If you spend much time at Overton Park, chances are you’ve seen Rhodes College cross-country teams on training runs through the Old Forest.  Coach Robert Shankman has been bringing teams to Overton Park for 23 years, and finds that his team appreciates the softer surfaces of the limestone gravel trail and primitive trails. We caught […]

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