Overton Park Projects

A small slice of our upcoming projects. For a full project map, visit

Since its inception in December 2011, the Overton Park Conservancy has been working to preserve the historical integrity of the park while making it an exciting, fun, and safe destination for all Memphians.  Our board of directors has approved an aggressive project plan that updates some of the park’s existing amenities, while adding new features that the community has requested.  Our project plan for the first five years includes:

  • The construction of Overton Bark, a 1.3-acre enclosed dog park (completed in June 2012)
  • The addition of restrooms to the Rainbow Lake Pavilion (completed in November 2012)
  • Renovation of the limestone trail through the Old Forest (completed in November 2012)
  • The installation of wayfinding signage (targeted completion date: spring 2013)
  • The renovation of the Rainbow Lake Playground (targeted completion date: spring 2013)
  • Improved bicycle and pedestrian access through the park and around the perimeter, including a new entrance from East Parkway (targeted completion: summer 2013)
  • Enhancements to the park’s interior loops
  • Aesthetic touches, such as re-landscaping of park’s formal gardens (completed in October 2012) and improvements to the Tucker Street entrance plaza