Parking and traffic are frequent challenges in Overton Park, as both the park itself and its cultural institutions get more popular with each passing year. The community is coming together to identify solutions to these challenges.
Overton Park Conservancy and our partner institutions in the park selected the team of Looney Ricks Kiss, Alta Planning + Design, and Kimley-Horn and Associates to lead a planning effort around improving parking and traffic flow in the park. The completed plan will inform the design process for the solution that was ratified by Memphis City Council in July 2016.
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Read the Report
The final report was released on April 5. You can get an overview of the menu of recommendations, as well as view or download the entire document, at this link.
Public Meeting Recaps
The first public meeting was held on February 2. You can find a recap, along with the consulting team’s presentation, at this link.
The second public meeting was held on February 18. You can find a recap and presentation at this link.
The consulting team began by meeting with representatives from each park partner organization: Overton Park Conservancy, the Memphis Zoo, Levitt Shell, Memphis College of Art, Brooks Museum of Art, and the Links at Overton Park. Each group had a chance to voice concerns and ideas about the challenges they face.
The team then conducted focus groups with other stakeholder organizations, including neighborhood associations and park advocacy groups. These listening sessions were followed by a meeting with the general public, to whom the team presented a draft of guiding principles for the plan.
After combining the results of all these conversations with its research into current conditions, the team conducted a two-day design charrette. This process of developing a menu of potential solutions brought partner institutions and focus groups back to the table, followed by a second public meeting at the conclusion of the charrette. The team presented a series of options to build consensus around a plan of action.
Looney Ricks Kiss is a nationally recognized design firm with expertise in planning, urban design, architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design, and sustainable development. LRK is been integral in the design and execution of many of the most recognizable Memphis and Shelby County projects, such as the Crosstown Concourse and Hotel Chisca rehabilitations, Memphis/Shelby County Main Library, AutoZone Park, FedExForum, STAX Museum of American Soul Music, and the National Civil Rights Museum expansion.
Alta Planning + Design is North America’s leading multi-modal transportation firm, specializing in the planning, design, and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, greenway, park, and trail corridors and system. They strive to tailor each project to the community’s unique setting, history, and culture through an active public participation process. Alta has extensive experience working in and around the Memphis area, including teaming with LRK on the Hampline, the Uptown West Redevelopment Plan, and the Main Street to Main Street (M2M) Multi-modal Connector.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. is a leader in full-service engineering consulting, bringing years of practical knowledge ranging from multi-modal transportation planning to complex parking studies. Kimley-Horn makes special efforts to ensure their urban design solutions are indicative of their context, reflecting the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists while minimizing the negative impacts to vehicular traffic flows.
Donate to the Conservancy
We need your help defraying the costs associated with the planning effort, mediation, and legal fees. We are immensely grateful for the pro bono work that Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, has provided on behalf of Overton Park for the past 50+ years, and for their ongoing and steadfast support. However, we are incurring additional legal expenses related to this matter. If you’d like to support our efforts to find solutions that benefit all park users, you can donate via the form below or send a check to Overton Park Conservancy, 1914 Poplar Avenue, Suite 202, Memphis, TN 38104. We thank you for your support!