Detention Basin Declared Dead

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City engineers gave Park Friends a death certificate last night for the proposed Overton Park detention basin.

The certificate, which reads "The land of Overton County of Greensward cometh the coronor certifying that the detention basin alternative near Rainbow Lake is not merely dead; it is sincerely dead," is signed by Deadus O. Arrivalus.

"For me, I think we saved the greensward and we saved the forest," says Martha Kelly with Park Friends.

In addition to Park Friends, representatives from VECA, the Memphis Zoo, Belleair Circle, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, and Cooper Young also attended the meeting, where two other proposals to alleviate Midtown flooding were discussed.

The first plan includes widening four bridges along Lick Creek. The second is a more passive plan that uses the golf course. Both plans include a berm to be constructed along the old bus lane to protect the zoo from flooding and widen a choke point underneath Poplar Avenue.

"I would love to see the golf course get an upgrade," Kelly says. "They would use the naturally low places of the golf course and make them a bit lower, swooshing the water around the golf course and then returning it to Lick Creek."

The various groups will meet again in July.

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For more info, including maps of the new proposals, see the Park Friends blog.

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