Saturday, March 7, 2009
Memphis to turn Overton Park Greenfield into flood control basin
Sorry for straying from the topic, but this seems relevant to lots of us. The City of Memphis (and our old friend Wayne Gaskins) are planning on turning the large field at Overton Park into a drainage basin. Overton Park Forever has more details about the plans, which have been in place since 2006 with, apparently, very little public input. While they will maintain plenty of room for the Zoo to use for overflow parking, they will basically eliminate the usefulness of the space for soccer games, ultimate frisbee, flying kites and just hanging out on a blanket. This basin will fundamentally change an important historic component of the park (Kessler designed the field for a reason) and detract from one of Memphis' best open spaces. I urge you to contact the appropriate individuals to let them know how much you value that space.