On December 6th, 2011, the Memphis City Council voted unanimously to approve a 10-year management agreement with the nonprofit Overton Park Conservancy.
Under this agreement, Overton Park remains the property of the City of Memphis and its citizens and the Conservancy 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 Links at Overton Park. We are all active partners in building a brighter future for Overton Park.
The Conservancy’s work includes daily maintenance and cleaning, repairs, landscaping, and upkeep. We also have undertaken capital improvement projects such as building Overton Bark and Bike Gate, reimagining Rainbow Lake Playground, installing and maintaining permanent restrooms, and adding welcome gateways at the Old Forest entrances. Our management of the Old Forest includes trail work, invasive species removal, creation of interpretive content, and research into long-term forest health.
Overton Park Conservancy’s vision is to foster a beautiful, welcoming and safe park that encourages our diverse community to explore, learn, create, socialize, and play. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and improve Overton Park.