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The Conservancy

It takes about $1 million every year to keep Overton Park beautiful and welcoming, and Overton Park Conservancy was created to raise the funds and do the work. We believe in one park that uniquely connects our community, protects history and our environment, and inspires a new generation of park supporters.

The nonprofit Conservancy was founded in December 2011. Under a ten-year management agreement with the City of Memphis, the Conservancy was given the authority to manage 184 acres of public parkland including the Greensward, Rainbow Lake and East Parkway picnic areas, the formal gardens, Veterans Plaza, and the Old Forest State Natural Area.

The Conservancy’s work includes daily maintenance and cleaning, repairs, landscaping, and upkeep. We also have undertaken capital improvement projects such as building Overton Bark and Bike Gate, reimagining Rainbow Lake Playground, and adding welcome gateways at the Old Forest entrances. Our management of the Old Forest includes trail work, invasive species removal, creation of interpretive content, and research into long-term forest health.

MISSION & VISION

Overton Park Conservancy’s vision is to foster a beautiful, welcoming and safe park that encourages our diverse community to explore, learn, create, socialize, and play. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and improve Overton Park.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michele Adelman
Medtronic

Dr. Ronne’ Adkins
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Julie Ashby
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Eric Barnes
The Daily Memphian

Kerri Campbell
Rhodes College

Andy Cates
Colliers International

David French (Chair)
Memphis Brand

Lucia Gilliland
Community Volunteer

Bill Haltom
Lewis Thomason, Retired

Dr. David Hill
David Hill Consulting

Mike Humes
Donegal Associates

Gale Jones Carson
MLGW

Cardell Orrin
Stand for Children

Juanita Ortiz
Community Volunteer

Blair Parker
Blair Parker Design

Markova Reed Anderson
Journalist

William R. Reed, Jr.
SunTrust Bank, Retired

Kimmie Vaulx
Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Yancy Villa-Calvo
Artist

Melanie White
UT Health Science Center, Retired

Mary Wilder
Park Friends/Overton Park Alliance

Juliet Wischmeyer
Community Volunteer

Ex Officio Board Members

Jim Dean
Memphis Zoo

Laura Hine
Memphis College of Art

Dr. Emily Neff
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Nick Walker
City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods

Natalie Wilson
Levitt Shell

Board Members Emeritus

George Cates
MAA, Retired

Gary Shorb
The Urban Child Institute

STAFF

Tina

Tina Sullivan
Executive Director
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Eric

Eric Bridges
Director of Operations & Capital Improvements
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Andrew

Andrew Weda
Operations Manager
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Melissa

Melissa McMasters
Director of Communications
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Kaci

Kaci Murley
Deputy Executive Director
Email Kaci

Fields

Fields Falcone
Programs Manager
Email Fields

ONGOING PROJECTS

COMPLETED PROJECTS

JOBS

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