New management making over Memphis park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis park is getting major upgrades since new management took over less than a year ago.

The nonprofit Overton Park Conservancy received approval last December from the Memphis City Council to manage the 342-acre Midtown park that is the centerpiece of the city's park system.

The Commercial Appeal reports some of the changes since then include an old-growth forest that's not overrun with invasive plants, a smoother running trail and a new dog park. Now, the organization has already spent $300,000 on upgrades and is planning to spend another $400,000 to expand and renovate the playground. More improvements are planned next year.

Conservancy director Tina Sullivan says the upgrades reflect an "incredibly aggressive schedule" to improve the park.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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