Thanks to today's glorious weather, the Overton Park Greensward was fulfilling its intended purpose as... a parking lot for the Memphis Zoo?
Counting cars across the Greensward as I waited at the Rainbow Lake parking lot for my nature hikers to arrive, I spent some time wondering about the precise terms of the "accord" that Park Friends Inc. forged with the Memphis Zoo. PFI's website says:
PFI and the Zoo recently forged an accord allowing a finite level of overflow Zoo parking onto the Overton Park Greensward; this agreement allows park users to continue enjoying the Greensward with families, friends and pets.Oh, really?
We headed off to begin a peaceful hike in the northeast corner of the Old Forest.
Check out the gigantic grape vine on this ancient tulip poplar! I'd be willing to bet good money that both of these plants are older than 150 years, which means they've been alive longer than Overton Park has existed.
Meanwhile, back at the Greensward...
But at least we didn't have to compete with cars in our recreational space, way back in the northeast corner of the Old Forest, right?
All of the "people gates" in Overton Park are closed to motorized traffic. But the Memphis Zoo is holding its annual plant sale this weekend, and the Memphis Zoo has keys to those gates.