Walking on the Greensward

Proposals would improve parking, sidewalks

Overton Park offers shady picnic areas, two playgrounds, a dog park, and miles of trails. The park is also fortunate to have so many cultural institutions all sharing space. Having a world-class zoo, art museum, art college, and performing arts facility all nestled within a beautiful park is a rare privilege, amounting to a treasure […]

When is a match in the forest a good thing?

Answer: When it’s part of ioby’s matching gift campaign–this week only! Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten a little lost while walking in the Old Forest. Or if you’ve run several loops of the limestone trail and wanted to know how far you’ve traveled. A new Overton Park Conservancy project will make navigating the park’s […]

Welcome to the Old Forest

“KEEP OUT.” The iron bars that greet visitors at three entrances to the Old Forest are anything but welcoming.  Designed to prohibit vehicles from entering the State Natural Area, the gates accomplish something unintended as well: discouraging pedestrians and cyclists from enjoying the forest trails. But thanks to a generous gift from some lifelong park […]

Crossroads trail

Old Forest Management Plan

This past Saturday, several dozen park lovers joined us to review a draft of the Old Forest State Natural Area Management Plan. Drafted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s State Natural Areas Division, the plan outlines a path for Overton Park Conservancy to effectively preserve and manage the forest. Read the draft management […]

Old Forest State Natural Area

We love when a plan comes together

Lately we’ve talked a lot about what it means to manage the Old Forest: from developing a forest inventory to deciding which invasive species to tackle, working in an ecosystem like this one is a big job.  That’s why we’ve been working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for the last several […]