On December 6th, 2011, the Memphis City Council voted unanimously to approve a 10-year management agreement with the nonprofit Overton Park Conservancy (OPC).
Under this agreement, Overton Park remains the property of the City of Memphis and its citizens and the OPC is given the authority to manage 184 acres of public parkland including: the Greensward, Rainbow Lake, the formal gardens, Veteran’s Plaza, the 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area, and the East Parkway picnic area.
The Overton Park Conservancy has no authority over the Levitt Shell, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo, or the Overton Park Golf Course — we are all active partners in building a brighter future for Overton Park.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the 1,679 citizens who took the Overton Park Survey in 2011, and to the many local nonprofits and businesses who supported this outreach effort. We hope you will continue to support the work of the Overton Park Conservancy as we move forward.
Our goals are simple: We will preserve the historical integrity and natural beauty of Overton Park. And we will improve our park’s cleanliness and family-friendly amenities.