Park Friends, Inc. (PFI) is a unique non-profit group dedicated to providing a community voice for all of Memphis' 165 City Parks. PFI is a Midtown-based group that focuses volunteer efforts on Overton Park, the grand old park of the Memphis, dedicated in 1906 and frequently referred to as the Crown Jewel of Memphis. PFI also supports other park groups and speaks 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. PFI is working hard, professionally and courteously with many groups in the Overton Park Alliance, Overton Park Conservancy and City Leaders to preserve, maintain and protect Overton Park, its Greensward and State Natural Area Old Forest from development.
See adjacent column for the current donation needs for the Greensward.
By engaging local officials and concerned citizens alike, PFI helps protect our parks for today and for our children in the future. PFI also organizes regular volunteer clean-ups, maintains the Old Forest and Limestone Trails and plants trees.
PFI, HBC Trailworks and the Mike Cooley Overton Park 10K Trail Race have already contributed significantly to the trail work and maintenance of Limestone and Nature Trails, installation and maintenance of the 14 foot-bridges on the Limestone Trail, maintenance of the 1932 Carriage Bridges in the Old Forest and the refurbishment and maintenance of the 6 Stone Bridges connecting the golf course and the rest of Overton park and the planting of many trees all over Overton Park! Park Friends thanks you for your support!
THANK YOU to Coach Shankman's Cross Country Track Team. The Rhodes Team along with HBC Trailworks and OPC volunteered and worked really hard to refurbish the Limestone Trail, which is now in really great shape. The Poplar Connector also has new limestone, the Nature Trails are wonderful with the Woodland Phlox and other natural flowers blooming in the Old Forest after the multiple days of trail maintenance. Take a run, jog, hike or stroll and enjoy!
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that planted trees, plants and flowers along South Parkway and the golf course in Overton Park and the Limestone Trail work crew that really put in a heavy effort to clean the gutters, foot bridges and the Trail, haul in tons of limestone, fix and maintain the Trail and eliminate the troublesome spots. WooHoo! Run the Trails!
Spring Music Wednesdays, April 18, May 2 and 16. Please attend, enjoy and support the Park.
Thank you for attending and providing all of the good public comments and suggestions. The parking plan meeting will be held at the Pink Palace Museum, IMAX Theater, 3050 Central Avenue. Attendees will enter through the main entrance on the east side of the building.
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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.
UPDATE The 7th Annual Mike Cooley Overton Park 10K Trail Race was a great success despite some tough weather. Those that braved the elements were treated to free Marcos pizza, Boscos Midtown Brown Ale, super T-shirts and a really good race as the Trails were in super shape despite the weather. Thank you to our title sponsor Barr Brands, presenting sponsor Briggs Equipment and all our race partners, Start2Finish, Bluff City Sports, HBC Trailworks, Burch Porter & Johnson, Breakaway Running, Schwartz, Boscos, Marcos Pizza and Southern Whimsy. Come out next year (the race is always the last Saturday in January) in support of the Old Forest and its trails in Overton Park as all net proceeds are used for the Trails and other areas of the Park. The 8th Annual Mike Cooley Overton Park 10K Trail Race will be held at the Abe Goodman Golf House at 8:00 am on January 26, 2019.
The annual membership Park Friends party was a great success at the Golf House last Friday February 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm. Our annual event is always the second Friday in February.
As always, thank you for your support!
Wednesday Music Loveland & Duren rescheduled from April 26th to May 24th 2017 in conjunction with Overton Park Alliance (OPA) to support Overton Park Conservancy (OPC)
Also please support and donate to OPC to save the Greensward at www.overtonpark.org/greensward. OPC must raise $1Million by early June to fund the agreed upon parking plan and to end Greensward parking forever.
Thank you. Sam Blair President
Memorials and Honorariums
See the update regarding Lisa Sloan under Rebuild the Trails. Lisa is now in Houston.
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. The support and turnout for the 6th Annual Overton Park 10K Trail Race was awesome, Mike, his family and friends say thank you to all the volunteers and participants.
Recent Volunteer Activities
Volunteers Blair, Wolfman, Barbara G., Barbara B., Linda, Ward, Brooks, Reagan, Andrew, Princess, John, Jr., John, III, Foster, Elizabeth, her brother and father, Jimmy Dean, Eric, Tina, Susannah, Susan, William, Don, Mary, Lee, Mike, OPC, Park Friends, Baker Donelson, HBC Trailworks and many others performed awesome work on the Limestone Trail, the Nature Trails, Foot Bridges, Carriage Bridges and Stone Bridges last Saturday (10/15/16) in Overton Park's SNA Old Forest. THANK YOU!!! Sam
See Rebuild the Trails for more.