After three decades of overflow parking, work to permanently return the Overton Park Greensward to community use began in summer 2019.
Using a phased approach that you can see here, Montgomery Martin Contractors began by adding capacity to the Zoo’s Prentiss Place lot. This portion was completed in 2019. Work on the main lot adjacent to the Greensward has been paused during the pandemic as the City, Zoo, and Conservancy evaluate alternative, less-intrusive options.
Entrances and Access
Overton Park Conservancy is working with the City of Memphis to continuously improve access to the park for cyclists and pedestrians. Completed projects include the repair of sidewalks along North Parkway, the addition of a new sidewalk on Poplar Avenue between Tucker St. and Veterans Plaza Drive, and the creation of a bicycle trail connecting the Hampline to the Old Forest trails.
Upcoming projects include improving the park entrance at Cooper Street by adding a small landing area for bikes and pedestrians and creating a new path to connect with the park’s trail system.