New Group Wants Parking Prohibited From Overton Park Greensward

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Get Off Our Lawn wants to end overflow parking like this on the Overton Park Greensward.
  • Get Off Our Lawn
  • Get Off Our Lawn wants to end overflow parking like this on the Overton Park Greensward.

A new group has formed to halt parking on the historic Greensward at Overton Park.

“Get Off Our Lawn” (GOOL) was founded earlier this month, according to its Facebook page. The group’s sole purpose is to

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protect Overton Park’s Greensward, the flat green space on that surrounds Rainbow Lake and the park’s new playground. The area, they say, is “being destroyed by overflow parking.”

GOOL says the city has allowed the Memphis Zoo to use the field for overflow parking and that the damage done to the public park is “unacceptable.”

“We want the Overton Park Greensward restored as a calm public space, not a chaotic private parking lot,” says the group’s Facebook page. “We are sick of the noise, dust, fumes, and destruction. We want the cars and trucks to get off our lawn now and forever.”

A sattelite image shows parking on Overton Parks Greensward.
  • Get Off Our Lawn
  • A sattelite image shows parking on Overton Park's Greensward.

The group says they would also like to see an ease of traffic in the park overall. To do this, they suggest either running shuttles from parking garages at Crosstown and Overton Square or building a new parking garage close to the zoo’s entrance.

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