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Work on parking solution to start this summer
Work on parking solution to start this summer
Posted on 01/31/2019
Work on the solution to 30-plus years of conflict over parking on the Overton Park Greensward will begin this summer.

The City has chosen Montgomery Martin Contractors to begin construction on the phased project. This summer, crews will begin working to construct the planned design on the Prentiss Place lot.

Work on the main parking lot, which includes a berm to separate the sight of parked cars from the Greensward, is planned to begin in winter 2019. The phased approach is for two reasons: 1) to allow for the tree transplanting called for in the design to take place, as trees are best transplanted in the winter and not in the warmer months and 2) to best accommodate peak usage of the main lot during warmer months.

When implementation of this parking solution is complete, parking on the Greensward will permanently end.

The parking solution came from Mayor Jim Strickland’s 2016 initiative to end the decades-long conflict. The compromise plan was agreed to by both the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy. A public process that included an advisory committee of Zoo and park stakeholders helped craft the design, which Mayor Strickland approved in April 2018.

This plan, which remains in place, can be viewed here. Staging can be viewed here.

We will update progress on the construction of the first phase shortly before contractors are expected to begin work this summer. We will work with stakeholders to communicate traffic and parking plans, particularly around peak Zoo days and park events, while the Prentiss Place lot is under construction.
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