New Team Will Lead Zoo Parking Lot Project



Leaders with the city, Memphis Zoo, the Overton Park Conservancy, and Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare will help guide the next phase of a project to expand the zoo’s parking lot and end Greensward parking.

On Thursday, city leaders announced the lineup for a new advisory team that will ensure public input is present on the expansion project. The team will meet in “the coming weeks,” according to a news release from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s office.

Here are the team members:

• Jack Stevenson, city of Memphis, Division of Engineering, project manager

• Mike Flowers, city of Memphis, Division of Parks and Neighborhoods

• Kyle Veazey, city of Memphis, Communications

• Chuck Brady, Memphis Zoo

• John Conroy, Memphis Zoo

• Tina Sullivan, Overton Park Conservancy

• Eric Barnes, Overton Park Conservancy

• Anne Pitts, Levitt Shell

• Mary Wilder, Overton Park Alliance

• Cato Johnson, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

This panel will learn about the design process, talk about the parameters of the design, and review three concept plans. Those plans will be posted to the the city’s website after that first meeting. Then, the public will be asked for feedback on those plans.

Feedback from the public, advisory team members, and city officials will be given back to designers with Powers Hill, the agency hired for the lot’s design. Then, the firm will update those designs with that feedback.

The next time the advisory team meets, it will pick one concept plan and that plan will be presented to the public two-to-three weeks later.

City leaders will collect feedback from the public throughout the initial design phase. Residents should send their thoughts on the project to

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