Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Get Off Our Lawn!

It wasn't easy to create the Old Forest State Natural Area and protect our beautiful forest forever, but your enthusiastic support made it happen. Now we are calling on you once again to stand up for parkland.

It is time to end the overflow parking on Overton Park's central Greensward. This green space is for people, not vehicles. Please visit Get Off Our Lawn for more info, and follow the campaign on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Freeway Going to Nowhere

The work of CPOP was mentioned by NPR writer Linton Weeks here!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Join us at the Old Forest Jamboree

It's that time of year again for CPOP's annual Old Forest Jamboree!

We'll be returning to the fabulous Hi-Tone Cafe at their new location in Crosstown for an exciting afternoon of music and fun. The party starts promptly at 3:00pm. We ask a $10 donation from grownups (those over 21 get a free Memphis Made beer) and we welcome children of all ages, as always.

Le Tumulte Noir is a group of Memphis musicians experimenting with the Hot Jazz or Gypsy Jazz style begun by Django Reinhardt. The group includes Clint Wagner, John Bass, Daniel McKee, John Whittemore, and Jim Spake.

Bluff City Backsliders deliver high-powered, hip-shaking, barrelhouse hoodoo music that's as profane as it is glorious. The group includes a rotating cast of several dozen of our town's finest musicmakers.

Dead Soldiers will keep you dancing with their devilish blend of outlaw country, bluegrass, and southern rock. The group includes Michael Jasud, Benjamin Aviotti, Clay Qualls, Krista Wroten-Combest, Paul Gilliam, and Nathan Rabb.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and join our event for the latest updates!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Parks of Memphis: Planning for the Future

A new civic advocacy group is being created by the City of Memphis Parks & Neighborhoods division, the Hyde Foundation, and the Trust for Public Land, to plan for the future of parks in Memphis.

This group recognizes the importance of the tradition of our historic park system but also its many challenges and unmet needs. At their first meeting in October they highlighted places needing attention and programs needing implementation.

This coming Tuesday, February 4th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Benjamin Hooks Library, the group will discuss:

  • how to define a unified parks program for the city
  • how to build a strong movement that gets results
  • how to build leadership for this effort
This is a community-wide event and your participation is needed. Please share this info, and add your voice to the future of parks in Memphis!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Park or Parking Lot?

In the 5 months since we last posted (sorry!), Overton Park has seen a lot of movement towards getting cars off the Greensward. The Overton Park Conservancy has commissioned a parking study for Overton Park, the Memphis Zoo has hired A2H Engineers for a parking garage study, influential Memphians have envisioned integrated transportation linking the entire Cooper corridor, and a City Councilperson has spoken out against parking on the Greensward.  There's no doubt that there's now a strong consensus to get the cars off the Greensward permanently and to find the Park, and the Zoo in particular, a modern way to park their visitors' cars.

This is a wonderfully huge step forward the whole area is taking, but to finally make it happen, we'll have to find the money to fund the parking solution.  That's why we're going to ask our supporters to start lobbying our elected leaders.

So at this Saturday's Cooper-Young Festival, CPOP will be passing out postcards for you to sign with a simple message:  We want cars off our Greensward.

Come see us between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at booth E-16 in the parking lot between the Beauty Shop and First Congo.

Besides the postcards, we will also be selling this new t-shirt, which is the throwback design from the original Citizens to Preserve Overton Park but with the updated message, "Overton Park Forever" and updated colors of pink and brown.

And for the first time, we will accept credit cards!