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Tina Sullivan Chosen to Lead Overton Park Conservancy

The Overton Park Conservancy board has approved the search committee’s recommendation to hire Tina Sullivan to replace the organization’s first acting executive director George Cates. Chaired by board member Ray Pohlman, the committee chose Ms. Sullivan to be the permanent Executive Director for the relatively new public nonprofit organization, which has a ten-year park management […]

After the Storm
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After the Storm

Thursday afternoon’s storm hit Overton Park hard. We had big trees down, trash cans (and the trash inside) blown all over the park, and truckloads of debris. Yesterday the Overton Park Conservancy landscaping crew cleaned all of our managed area, while Memphis Park Services worked to remove trees and debris from the golf course. And […]

Progress on Privet

Ironically, saw blades are saving Overton Park forest. Thanks to the Commercial Appeal for today’s front-page article about our aggressive privet removal project. We plan to continue the war on privet with our excellent contractor, Echo Systems, for the next three weeks as weather permits. We can’t risk damaging native plants in the growing season, […]

A Very Big Thank You!

So far, the OPC’s fundraising efforts have inspired pledges totaling $3,200,000 from generous private donors and organizations such as the Plough Foundation, Hyde Family Foundations, and the law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson. The City of Memphis will provide $150,000 annually for park operations, plus a total of $416,000 for capital improvements in the […]

Meet the Conservancy Board

Our new Board of Directors is a diverse group of people with one thing in common: They are all passionate about Overton Park. “One of the personal benefits that I get as interim executive director of the OPC is the privilege of working with these fine Memphians, getting to know many of them better and […]

Scouts Help with Privet Removal

Big thanks to the Boy Scouts of America (Chickasaw Council #558) who worked hard to remove thickets of privet from our future dog park site near Rainbow Lake. Privet is a non-native invasive shrub that competes with native plant species. “The Scouts chose to help with the restoration of Overton Park as our service project […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Six months ago, the citizens of Memphis were invited to “Speak Up” for Overton Park by taking a survey created by a volunteer working group. You were asked to tell us how you really feel about Overton Park, and that’s exactly what you did. With nearly 1,700 responses, the Speak Up survey created a strong […]