Sunday, March 2, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
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.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
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.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Overton Park jammed during the week of Spring Break 2013.
Kids had a blast at the Brooks Chalk Art Festival, golfers played the course, dogs and dog lovers socialized at Overton Bark, picnickers spread across the Greensward and the East Parkway picnic area, hikers got a preview of Spring in the Old Forest, and animal lovers -- lots of them -- took their families to the Memphis Zoo.
Traffic was backed up to East Parkway waiting to turn into the Park at Tucker. People with small children walked from parking spaces near Poplar all the way to the Zoo gates. Park streets were packed with cars, driven and parked, legal and illegally. And the Greensward was filled with cars.
There's no doubt that the investments and attention that the Overton Park Conservancy has made in the past year have been a huge success. Layer those on top of the work of the park institutions -- the Levitt Shell, the Memphis College of Art, the Brooks, the golf course and the Zoo -- over the decades and the park is an ever-more powerful magnet for Memphis and the region. The rumored arrival of the Eggleston Museum and relocation of the City's maintenance facility would make it even stronger. And that attraction is pulling the Park closer to Parking Lot.
The Park needs a permanent and Overton-Park-quality fix for its parking needs. The Greensward will no longer do as a parking pit. When used as a surface parking lot in the middle of a public greenspace, it's intrusive, destructive, butt-ugly and unworthy of the Park.
The continued success of the Zoo and the Park requires a real solution that puts people first.
It's time to free the Greensward and tame the gridlock.
The Citizens to Preserve Overton Park recommend this course of action:
- 2013: All money taken in by the Memphis Zoo for parking on the Greensward should be devoted to creating a permanent parking solution for the Park as a whole. The OPC, the Zoo and all park-loving citizens should vigorously lobby both the City and private institutions to find the money and space for a permanent parking fix.
- 2014: All overflow parking from all Park institutions should be directed to nearby locations such as the new Overton Square parking garage, Snowden School parking lot, Crosstown Arts parking, etc., with shuttles connecting them to the Park. All parking on the Greensward will stop.
- 2015 and beyond: The Park and Zoo should either build a parking garage in the Zoo maintenance area to handle the Zoo's huge demand, or devise a permanent shuttling alternative. A parking garage is a very expensive solution that the City may have trouble funding after the Overton Square garage. The Chalk Art Festival at the Brooks Museum on the Thursday of Spring Break used a shuttle supplied by the OPC and Premier Transportation to bring ~100 visitors to the park from Crosstown Arts. Overton Square's new parking garage would be an excellent shuttle destination for the Zoo and other Park institutions and events.
Posted by gatesofmemphis at 7:59 AM
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Hi Tone Cafe, 1913 Poplar
It's time once again for the Old Forest Jamboree! This is also our final farewell to the fabulous Hi-Tone Cafe for giving unlimited love to the Old Forest and CPOP from the very beginning and a thank-you to the fabulous Jonathan Kiersky.
Bring your sweethearts and your dancing shoes, so we can blow the doors off with the tubarific Mighty Souls Brass Band and the incredible unstoppable All-Star Lorax Posse.
$10 donation benefits CPOP; kids get in free as always. Grownups each get two free Ghost River beers and the Rock'n Dough Pizza truck will feed everyone for free until they run out of cheese.
Posted by gatesofmemphis at 12:59 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
At 6 p.m. we will host a reception honoring the special heroes of the Old Forest: Sunshine Snyder, one of the original CPOP activists, Charlie Newman, CPOP's original lawyer, plus Senator Beverly Marrero and Representative Jeanne Richardson, the sponsors and champions of the Old Forest State Natural Area Bill in the Tennessee State Legislature. The performance will take place at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion including Snyder, Newman, historian Jimmy Ogle and the playwright, Virginia Ralph.
Tickets are only $15.
Posted by gatesofmemphis at 11:58 AM