Photo by Charles Uffelman

Volunteer Rock Stars

This weekend, the University of Memphis Student Leadership & Involvement council hosted its first Service on Saturday of the fall semester. More than 100 members of U of M fraternities chose to spend their Saturday in Overton Park, thanks to a fantastic effort coordinated by Park Friends and Memphis City Beautiful.  Here are a few […]

Rhodes volunteers

Combating the Kudzu

If you’re reading this anywhere in the Southern United States, you’re bound to be familiar with kudzu. This plant, which is native to Asia, was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant in 1876.  It was distributed widely as a garden plant, as food for livestock, and as an erosion control aid for […]

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 […]