Riley Higgins November 5, 1999 - July 18, 2016
We are very saddened to report that Barbara and Vince Higgins lost their son Riley. Vince has been a board member for almost 10 years for Park Friends. Riley was a great person. Riley helped us perform trail maintenance along the Overton Park Nature Trails and moved Park Friends historical materials to new storage. We honor Riley; he will be missed by all!
Michael Shannon Cooley, 1968-2016
We honor the memory of our friend and board member who recently passed. The numerous donations in Mike's honor are deeply appreciated by his family and friends. These gifts will be used to further the causes he worked tirelessly for and believed in so strongly. We will all miss him.
Park Friends is the only non-profit group in Memphis dedicated to providing a community voice to our public parks. We are a Midtown-based group that focuses our volunteer efforts on Overton Park, the grand old park of the Memphis, and we also speak out on park issues facing the entire community.
Park Friends has successfully led efforts to stop inappropriate building and development within Overton Park in the past. We are working hard and professionally and courteously with many groups in the Overton park Alliance, OPC and City Leaders to preserve, maintain and protect Overton Park and its Greensward and State Natural Area from development by the zoo management.
By engaging local officials and concerned citizens alike we help protect our parks for today and for our children in the future. We also organize regular volunteer clean-ups, maintain the Old Forest Trails, the Limestone Trail and plant trees. Come join us today.
Donate, Honor and/or Join Park Friends Today! Your donations, honorariums and memberships provide us the much needed funds for these important projects within Overton Park and other Memphis parks. This website (and our email newsletter) will keep you up on the latest news about Overton Park and our efforts as well as broader parks issues.