Forrest Spence 5K race course

Traffic alert for August 23

One of the largest 5K races of the year will be coming through Overton Park this Saturday, August 23. Here’s what you need to know about the impacts to traffic and park entrances: The 7th Annual Forrest Spence 5K will take place on August 23 beginning at 8:00 a.m. It is a wonderful event for […]

Wonder Voyage volunteers

Volunteers Spruce Up the Park

As we wrote in our last post, summer brings a lot of challenges to park maintenance. It seems like there’s always either too much rain or too little, the heat takes its toll on plants and infrastructure, and our list of needed repairs grows as quickly as we check things off. That’s why we’re so […]

The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

There’s no denying it: we’re in the dog days of summer. It’s hot, it’s humid, and it’s hard sometimes to leave the air-conditioned comfort of home and get outside. But we still see so many people enjoying the park: having family reunions at the pavilions, running on the trails, climbing the Spiderwebs at Rainbow Lake […]

Sledding in Overton Park, 1958

Stories: Romney Grandi

Romney Grandi shared these photos of her family enjoying the snow in Overton Park.  These were taken in 1958 near hole #5 of the golf course.  Romney (wearing the light-colored hat) sledded through the park with her brother Michael, sister Sharon, and dad Elmo. This last photo is from 1959, of Michael, Romney, and Sharon.

Future member of the tree trail

Nuts and Bolts

Time to open up the ol’ Overton Park mailbag and answer a few questions! I’ve seen some pretty big trees coming down near Memphis College of Art. What’s going on? City of Memphis crews are taking down a few mature trees this week that are seriously decayed. You might remember that last year, a large […]